The 4th Grade Science Quiz-Dinosaurs: Genesis & the Gospel
By Tim Peacock
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In case you missed it making the Facebook rounds this week, a fourth grade “science” quiz seems to be riling a lot of feathers in both the parenting and the secular communities based on its egregious questions and expected answers. The test uses Biblical-based teachings as scientific fact in asking questions (rather than established hypothesis testing and scientific theory-based teaching). In one of the questions, it poses a true/false question on how old the earth is (the correct answer according to the test, by the way, is that the planet is indeed not as old as every accredited scientist says amazingly).
I didn’t know that this was being taught to her until we heard a radio commercial together about the Discover 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 …