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Georgia High School Science Lesson: Satan Spawned Evolution Causes Racism, Divorce and Gay People

A Georgia teacher’s judgment is under question after a student paper exposed her unusual, anti-evolution teachings in her public school classroom.

In late May, student journalists at Grady High School  broke the news that teacher Anquinette Jones was teaching the 9th grade students that evolution was the product of Satan and the cause of all sorts of world ‘ills’, including racism, divorce and even gay people.

In an approximately 10-minute Powerpoint presentation, Jones illustrated her point with a cartoon depicting two dueling castles, one labeled “Creation (Christ)” and the other “Evolution (Satan).”  Attached to the evolution castle were balloons being attacked by the Christian camp reading euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, racism and abortion.

Both the illustration and the lesson offended several students in her class who complained to the school administration saying that it was inappropriate for a science class.

“[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it,” one freshman said after sitting through the presentation in class.

Another student said when their teacher, who regularly talks about creationism in class, found out that some of the kids had complained to the higher-ups, she became livid and lashed out at the class.

“She had a 10-minute rant,” another student said.“She yelled and said, ‘This is on the APS [Atlanta Public Schools] website, and it was certified.’”

In fact, the lesson was on the APS website, although the school district says that was all just a big mistake.

“It appears that this science lesson plan was not properly vetted prior to being uploaded to the district’s SharePoint website last summer. When the district learned of the PowerPoint presentation and worksheet that is in question, the lesson and supporting documents were reviewed, and they were immediately removed,” APS spokeswoman Jill Strickland Luse said in an email. “The district is currently reviewing the vetting process for all lesson plans prior to uploading them for instruction.  In addition, the curriculum coordinators will review lesson plans with teachers as part of their pre-planning session later this month.”

It is unclear if Jones will face sanctions for her controversial  presentation, which in addition to showing a distinctly creationist and evangelical view, was also riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.

Photo Credit: Power Point presentation (APS/Jones)

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