Pity the poor Loch Ness Monster! Not only has he (or she) been reportedly stuck in that gloomy, cold lake for decades, now the beastie has been unceremoniously tossed out of a leading creationist biology book – at least in the European edition.
As reported by The Herald of Glasgow, Scotland, the newest editions of Biology 1099 textbooks published by Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) out of Madison, Tenn., are absent lessons that the Loch Ness Monster is not only a real creature, but is still living today.
A previous edition of the book, which is popular with Christian fundamentalist educators and home-schoolers, asked: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
Lessons like that, and another since-removed claim that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur, are intended to debunk evolution because they “prove” that various organisms didn’t go extinct as legitimate scientists have said.
Unfortunately, the newest ACE book doesn’t give up this dinosaur charade entirely – it still suggests that giant beasts once co-existed with humans.
The Herald spoke with a UK resident who had been through the ACE program as a child but has since rejected its teachings and now fights fundamentalism.
“In the new editions they’ve replaced Nessie with talk of folk tales from China and Ireland – they still want to prove that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time,” Jonny Scaramanga of Bath, England, told the newspaper.
The Herald said about 2,000 students in the United Kingdom are currently being taught creationism, either at private schools or through home schooling programs. The newspaper also reported that even though the books are only available in Europe at the moment, American students subjected to a creationist curriculum will likely receive these “updated” textbooks at some point.
Although the latest edition of the ACE biology book may not have made its way to our shores just yet, this junk science curriculum is already being taught in schools that receive taxpayer funding.
You may recall that last year we reported on a school in Louisiana that accepts voucher students and uses the Biology 1099 book.
The school that used the ACE text had 40 students enrolled in 2012, and while that number may sound small, the fact is we have no way of knowing how many other tax-supported academies in Louisiana use ACE’s materials. That’s a whole lot scarier than any scaly lake creature ever was.
It’s good to see that ACE has abandoned some of its ridiculous claims about dinosaurs, but clearly the group is still peddling a monstrous amount of bogus science in its curriculum. ACE certainly has the right to sell its theology masked as science, but it is absolutely imperative that states like Louisiana stop subsidizing this sort of religious instruction with public money.
Personally, I can’t wait for the 2017 edition of Biology 1099 when ACE tries to claim that “The Flintstones” was a documentary.