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August 10, 2007

Education priorities in Texas

Filed under: education priorities, Freedom of Religion — texased @ 9:09 am

New state law bolsters use of Bibles in classrooms

But if just 15 students at any school request such a course, according to the new law, the district must find a way to offer an elective focusing on the Bible’s historic or literary value, said state Rep. Wayne Christian, who co-wrote the bill.

Too bad students can’t get together to request other classes. Actually, they can make the request, the district just doesn’t have to do anything about it. If 15 students ask for an AP Biology class, the district can ignore it. If they ask for a Latin class, the district can dismiss them. If they ask for a computer coding class, the district can claim they don’t have the resources. But if they ask for a Bible class (does it specify the version?) the district has to provide it. How’s that for education priorities in Texas? Maybe the students can just pray for the other classes.

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  1. An AP Biology course is availalble online. See http://www.struten.org (this site soon to be updated for the coming academic year). The instructor (me) has has been a long-time researcher in microbiology and molecular biology and so has qualifications not likely to be found among high school biology teachers anyway. See No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In fact, individuals or schools can contract the teaching of this course or select portions of it. Your choice. Anyone electing to take the entire course may also elect to take me up on the Struten Institute’s money-back guatantee. Any student taking the full course and able to pass my exams with a good grade but who fails to score at least a “3” on the AP Biology exam, the Struten Institute will refund your tuition. If there is any school or private program in the U.S.A. (or out of it for that matter) with a similar guarantee, I would like to know about it.

    BTW – I teach evolution, molecular and organismic, since you can be certain that the AP Biology exam will test on it. At the same time, I have no problem with God – I have seen enough of His works through my microscope and marvelous things they are, indeed! Who decided that there must be this perpetual dichotomy between science and religion?

    M. “Mike” Mychajlonka, Ph. D.
    Exc. Dir.
    Struten Institute (an IRS Code 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization)
    FAX: (775) 540-6594

    Comment by M. "Mike" Mychajlonka, Ph. D. — August 10, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

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