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The Orleans Parish School Board has just voted to ban the teaching of Creationism in its schools.  Some are hailing the decision as a path toward serious science education.  Others are saying that Creationism is a legitimate and alternate form of science, citing concepts like Intelligent Design as a way to explain the gaps in Evolutionary Theory. The move is against the backdrop of other controversial decisions in the state, like Governor Bobby Jindal agreeing to give $11 million dollars in taxpayer money to schools that teach creationism.  But this is no longer happening in the Orleans District, where the board has decided to modify its curriculum in a strong and controversial way.   The school board amended its policy in the following way: No history textbook shall be approved which has been adjusted in accordance with the State of Texas revisionist guidelines  nor shall any science textbook be approved which presents creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories   They also banned the use of religious faith to play any role in the teaching of science. No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach any aspect of religious faith as science or in a science class.  No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes. Thomas Robichaux , the President of the school board, sent out the tweet below earlier this week: OPSB passes ban on Creationism in science classes and science textbooks, and bans revisionist history textbooks.  # repealthelsea  

New Orleans School District Bans the Teaching of Creationism

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The Orleans Parish School Board has just voted to ban the teaching of Creationism in its schools.  Some are hailing the decision as a path toward serious science education.  Others are saying that Creationism is a legitimate and alternate form of science, citing concepts like Intelligent Design as a way to explain the gaps in Evolutionary Theory.

The move is against the backdrop of other controversial decisions in the state, like Governor Bobby Jindal agreeing to give $11 million dollars in taxpayer money to schools that teach creationism.

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