Friday, April 26, 2013

Urban Legend? Hopefully, But Probably Not.

A friend of mine sent this to me from Snopes.com.  It is, purportedly, a quiz given in a fourth grade science class at a school in South Carolina.
 
 

As Snopes points out:
The title of the quiz is the same as that of a DVD produced by the group Answers in Genesis and hews closely to the material presented therein, including the admonition that "if someone tells you the earth is millions of years old, what should be your reply? Were you there?" and the reference to the Bible as the History Book of the Universe.
Snopes does not come down either way on the authenticity of the quiz, but suggests that the source of the information is credible. They list it as "probably true." I think it probably is also, and is not far from what quite of a few of these private schools likely teach. I have no empirical evidence for that, however. If this is true, once again, this is what will kill the voucher program. All that the opponents of vouchers have to do is point out this kind of use and it is lights out. That is a shame.

6 comments:

  1. *appalled*

    I can't believe this passes as 'Science'!

    It's pretty sad when one can't tell whether something like this is obviously a parody or not, and must conclude (sadly) that it is most probably true.

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  2. "It's pretty sad when one can't tell whether something like this is obviously a parody or not, and must conclude (sadly) that it is most probably true."

    Look up Poe's Law on Wikipedia.

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  3. Snopes has updated this story's status to 'True'.

    Answers in Genesis confirmed it.

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  4. Where did you find that Answers in Genesis had confirmed this?

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  5. On the Snopes website. There is also a link to the AiG blog: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/04/30/atheists-attack-christian-school

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