Next Time Someone Says The Earth Is Billions of Years Old…

And the proper reply is…were you there?

My buddy sent this to me and I thought it was a joke but it is in fact true; it’s so ridiculous it almost had me clamoring for Common Core.

It’s bad when the vast majority of school options are from government priso-err… I mean schools and religious schools run by fundy nutjobs.  My head hurts, save me Jeebus.


dinosaurs in the bible

Remains to Be Seen

Claim:    Image shows a fourth-grade science quiz about ‘Dinosaurs: Genesis and the  Gospel’ from a South Carolina school.
Example:    [Collected via e-mail, April 2013]

This seems suspicious – not just because of the  content. The reading/sophistication level is not 4th grade, but I’ve been seeing  it on Facebook.

Origins:    This image purportedly showing a  “4th Grade Science Quiz” hit the Internet in April 2013, showing a classroom  test entitled “Dinosaurs:  Genesis and the Gospel” and consisting of several true/false and  short-answerquestions about  dinosaurs and the Bible, which a student had all answered correctly in  accordance with religious Young Earth creationism (rather than scientific) principles.
The title of the quiz is the same as that of a DVD produced by the group Answers in Genesis and hews closely to the material presented  therein, including the admonition that “If someone tells you the earth is  millions of years old, what should be your reply? ‘Were you there?’” and the  reference to the Bible as “The History Book of the Universe.”
The image was of the  purported quiz publicized in a post to Reddit’s r/atheism forum, made by a user who maintained that it was a real  quiz given at a private religious school in South Carolina, and that he was  shown the quiz by the student’s parent and took a picture of it with his iPhone.  He declined to identify the school for now, stating that “I am not publicizing  it since it is a small school and I don’t want any publicity that might reflect  badly on the kid” and “I don’t want the kid to get in trouble, so I am keeping  that under my hat until June when school is over,” although he did allow that  the school was “North of Greer, SC.”
A few days after the Reddit posting,  a reader wrote to us and maintained that the quiz displayed above belonged to  his 10-year-old daughter, saying:

I didn’t know that this was being taught to her until we heard a radio commercial together about theDiscover the  Dinosaurs exhibit was coming to the TD Convention Center [in Greenville,  South Carolina].
The Commercial starts out, “After 65 million years, the  dinosaurs have returned …” She commented immediately that it was only four  thousand years ago.  When I corrected her, she snapped back, “Were you there?” I  have since taught my daughter differently, but I am sure she is confused now and  plan to make sure she understands that teachers are people too and can be  factually wrong.
The test showed up [at] home a day later to my disgust.
It’s a great school for Reading, Writing and Math.  She is ahead of most  of her peers and also is taking Latin there. But I now know to be vigilant for  the rest of the year about her science teachings.
She will not be  attending the school next year …

He indicated that he wouldn’t  disclose the name of the school until the end of the school year in June, but he  did forward us an image of the second page of the quiz:

We  noted that there is a school, Blue  Ridge Christian Academy, that meets all of the criteria described above: a  private Christian Academy which is both in the Greenville area of South Carolina  and north of Greer, which offers “science lessons [that] are creation-based,”  and which includes Latin in its fourth-grade curriculum.   Blue Ridge didn’t  respond to our inquiry, but Ken Ham and Mark Looy of Answers in Genesis (AiG) confirmed in the AiG blog that the quiz did indeed originate  with that school:

In South Carolina recently,  a fourth-grade teacher at Blue Ridge Christian Academy (a nondenominational K–12  Christian school) showed students a DVD of a children’s program, in which AiG  song-writer and dinosaur sculptor Buddy Davis and I are featured. In this DVD,  we teach children the history of the universe from the Bible, with a special  emphasis on teaching dinosaurs from a biblical perspective (as we do inside our  Creation Museum). The teacher handed out a question sheet to the children to  test what they learned from the DVD.
A friend of one of the parents who  has a child enrolled in the fourth grade class posted the quiz sheets on the  internet. The parent, like all parents who have children enrolled at this  academy, had signed a statement, which acknowledged an understanding that  sending their child to this Christian school would mean they would be taught  biblical Christianity. The parent expressed dismay that his daughter was taught  a biblical approach to dinosaurs. The quiz’s posting to the internet resulted in  a number of atheist websites reposting the questions and answers, and many of  them responded in rage and vehement attacks on the school.

The Blue  Ridge Christian Academy has since closed due to a lack of funding.

Original HERE.