Though textbook publishers whose books are used in state public schools recently won a battle over whether to include evolution in biology texts, at least one publicly-funded charter school is using a textbook teaching kids that Adolf Hitler got his Nazi master-race beliefs from Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
That textbook, paid for with Texas taxpayer dollars, comes from a Christian fundamentalist group which denies that evolution ever happened and believes that the Earth is no more than 6,000 years old.
According to a report in the online magazine Salon, parent Joshua Bass became disturbed when his son, a student at iSchool High School, a charter school in Houston, brought home a textbook with the following passage:
“[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all 'lower races' should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its 'survival of the fittest' philosophy had taken root in Hitler's warped mind.”
The phrase “survival of the fittest” was coined by British philosopher Herbert Spencer in 1864. He used it to describe Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which states that life forms that are better adapted to their local environments will survive, while others dies out. This process, according to Darwin, leads species to evolve over time.
The textbooks that alarmed Bass came from a private education company called ResponsiveED and are based on a curriculum created by another company, Accelerated Christian Education. The same businessman, Donald R. Howard, has owned both companies.
ACE made the news last year when one of its textbooks used in a Louisiana school taught high school students that the Loch Ness monster is real and that its existence proves that evolution never happened.
“Are dinosaurs alive today?” asked the textbook used by the Westlake, Louisiana Eternity Christian Academy. “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.”
The Westlake school accepted students who paid tuition using taxpayer-funded school vouchers.
SOURCES: Salon, Digital Journal, Moral Low Ground,Wikipedia,Ars Technica