Kelly - posted on 05/08/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )
You may have seen the image of a 4th grade science test circulating the internet recently. The test is real, and it came from a private school in my area. It says it's a small school, but it's actually a pretty big school, and apparently this is not a school developed curriculum but is marketed to numerous schools. I am completely dumbfounded that these ideas are being taught to so many children in our community.
According to the teacher, the student answered the questions 100% correctly. Here are some examples from the quiz, but you can click the link to see an actual photo. Yes, it's a snopes link--this made snopes because it is THAT unbelieveable for most of the world.....but here we are.
True or False:
The Earth is Billions of years old. Answer- FALSE
Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. Answer - FALSE
Dinosaurs lived with people. Answer - TRUE
On what day did God make dinosaurs? Answer - 6th
The average size of a dinosaur was a___________
a) giraffe b) rhino c) elephant d) sheep. Answer - d) sheep.
What caused there to be fossiles?
a) lightning b) a Global Flood c) a tornado d) evolution. Answer - b) a flood
Other questions compare a dinosaur to the behemoth mentioned in the book of Job, and refer to the Bible as the "History Book of the World."
I am not even going to comment on the grammar used in the test or the fact that Global Flood was the only answer capitalized in the multiple choice question :/ but rather keep this about the content.
I understand a need for those with religious beliefs to merge their beliefs with that of our history. I have no issue with that, but these questions get under my skin because they teach that proven, evidenced based theories and facts are false while teaching ideas that have no evidence as not only truth, but fact. As adults, we can look at these ideas objectively, seek out additional information, and decide for ourselves whether to believe them or not. These children do not yet have that option--they have not yet learned critical thinking, and honestly, I'm afraid those in this school will never learn it. They are essentially being taught to listen to and believe whatever someone in authority tells them without question.....but then they've also been taught that many in authority are wrong, so I am wondering what this school teaches about how to choose who to follow blindly.....My goodness...their grammar is rubbing off on my just thinking about it.