Preview of "School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias"
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Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 03:11:31 PM EST
The video below is a short preview of the 34-minute video "School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias."  Private schools receiving funding through "school choice" programs are using A Beka Book, Bob Jones University Press, and other Protestant fundamentalist curricula.  The textbooks in these series teach that dinosaurs lived on earth with humans; deny global warming; promote hostility toward other religions and other sectors of Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism); provide a biased and often factually incorrect version of history; and teach extreme laissez-faire economics, claimed to be biblically-based.

Preview of "School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias" from Rachel Tabachnick on Vimeo.

The full length version (also embedded at end of article) focuses on the state of Pennsylvania and its Education Improvement Tax Credit program or EITC, the oldest and second largest corporate tax credit program in the country.  Pennsylvania was the site of Kitzmiller v. Dover, which unfolded in 2005 in the full glare of the press.  Meanwhile an end run has been made around this case and other well-publicized battles over curriculum.  The EITC program, with little press or controversy, is providing taxpayer funding for private schools that have no accountability to the public whatsoever.

Taxes of all types owed by businesses to the state, are diverted to "scholarships" for private schools. In Florida, the largest of these programs, over 80% of the students subsidized by tax credits are attending religious schools, many of them using fundamentalist curricula.

The national pro-voucher movement is spearheaded by the Betsy DeVos-led American Federation for Children, which has absorbed Advocates for School Choice and includes Alliance for School Choice, and funds many of the state "school choice" non-profits. A major partner in states across the nation, and an organizer of local support for the pending Pennsylvania voucher bill SB-1, is the Association for Christian Schools International  (ACSI).

ACSI claims 22,900 member schools in 100 nations, describes itself as "a leader in accrediting Protestant pre-K-12 schools worldwide," and also provides continuing education credits for teachers.  ACSI advertises 186 member schools in Pennsylvania and is one of the "Scholarship Organizations" authorized to distribute funds from corporations receiving tax credits.  ACSI was the plaintiff in an unsuccessful suit, ACSI v. Roman Stearns, to try to force the University of California system to accept high school course credits taught from specific A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press textbooks.

The full length video is divided into two parts: 1) a section of quotes from many different A Beka and Bob Jones textbooks, and 2) a section on some of the Pennsylvania private schools and their supporters, who are working to expand the benefits these schools would receive through vouchers and a larger EITC program.

This video is about Pennsylvania, but what is seen in this video is also taking place in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Georgia, and other states with school vouchers and/or corporate tax credit programs.
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Below is the full length version of "School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias," with research compiled by Rachel Tabachnick and Bruce Wilson.

School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias from Rachel Tabachnick on Vimeo.

Only one problem, it is too short and how do we get it to the parents who need to see it? Definitely a primer of the first order. The interlocking directorates and schools, voucher program (Libertarian) being used to undermine our school systems who need the money not these specialty Christian schools designed to turn out their religious soldiers to take over from the ground up. All without firing a shot. This while our economy is being undermined to force us to that same place. No democracy, end to the republic and pave the way for all these types taking over the country and making the rules. I have my own problems with those study to the test crap (from the IQ, eugenics time) we need to dump anyway. However they would score well if the tests were designed based upon the curricula they studied wouldn't they? But what would it do to our nation as a whole if everyone had only that to fill their brains with? I shudder.

by Nightgaunt on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 02:59:40 PM EST
Originally, Rachel and I were trying for ten minutes, or so. It grew.

How to get it to parents? - Well, the old fashioned way; promote it on the Internet, everywhere possible.

by Bruce Wilson on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:24:31 AM EST

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