A financially struggling South Carolina school that taught creationism announced its closure, after it failed to raise sufficient funding for the upcoming school year.
Blue Ridge Christian Academy reportedly collected about $15,000 of the $200,000 in donations it needed to continue operating and spreading its creationist views, according to Patheos.com.
The school, which teaches kids from the pre-kindergarten to high school levels, gained media recognition after a fourth-grade student’s quiz was posted on Reddit.com.
The quiz included questions with some controversial answers.
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For example, one true and false question on the quiz was “The earth is billions of years old.” The school taught that the correct answer was “False.”
Another true and false question was “Dinosaurs lived with people.” The school taught that the correct answer was “True.”
The school’s teachers even coached students on how to respond to people who questioned that the Bible is a historical authority.
“The next time someone says that the earth is billions (or millions) of years old, what can you say?” read one of the free response questions.
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“Were you there,” was the answer offered by a student who received an A on the test.
“It is unmistakable that our culture greatly needs well-equipped warriors for Christ. Even though the attack on the school was meant to be harmful, God has used it to provide affirmation regarding the importance of our work,” said Diana Baker, one if the school’s administrators. “We are hopeful that the recent unexpected interest in our school and in Christian Education will provide support for a future for BRCA.“
After the quiz’s content gained attention, some organizations and people spoke out in support of the school. Some people gave donations to help the school stay open.
But the attention Blue Ridge Christian Academy was not enough for the school to overcome its increasing financial shortfalls.