A Florida middle school apologized for an assignment distributed in science classes that told students evolution deniers “are trying to deceive you.”
Some parents of eighth graders at Heritage Middle School in Deltona said they were shocked when their children brought home a reading assignment titled, “Not Just a Theory.”
Pictures of the assignment were circulated on the Volusia County Moms Facebook page, where users said they were outraged by an excerpt from the assignment that urged students not to listen to authority figures who deny the validity of the theory of evolution.
“If that person is a teacher, a minister, or some other figure of authority, they should know better. In fact, they probably do and they are trying to mislead you,” the paper reads.
Parent Jennifer Flinchum told WKMG-TV “the hair on the back of my neck stood up” when she read the excerpt.
“It does make me question what else they’re going to put in front of him for the rest of the year,” she said.
Another parent, Lisa McNeil, said she does not object to teaching evolution, but she was outraged by the phrasing on the sheet.
“It’s not so much the evolution aspect of it, it’s just the way they phrased those few sentences how they were kind of taking the rights away from the parents,” McNeil said.
Thomas Vaughn, the school’s principal, sent a note home to parents apologizing for the assignment.
“Recently [an] 8th grade science assignment titled ‘Not just a theory,’ was distributed in an attempt to address current science standards for differentiating scientific theory and scientific law. The reading does meet this criterion up until the last two sentences that state, ‘If that person is a teacher, or minister, or some other figure of authority, they should know better… In fact, they probably do, and are trying to mislead you.’ Upon this coming to our knowledge, the lesson had been retracted. In fact, please know that we apologize for this resource being used and take comfort knowing that it will not be used again. At no time, is it our place to interfere with authorities of household beliefs. Should you like to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact me.”
A Volusia County School District representative said the assignment was used by three science teachers a few weeks ago and was not district mandated.
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Examining all facts, the Genesis account can be substantiated not only by physical evidence, but most importantly through the bible. Creation is foundational to the Christian faith and faith is required in our walk with God.. Evolution is a cult, designed to rebel against our creator and to shift people into a state of disbelief. We can expect, without a doubt, to see an abundance of false evolution theories emerging in the last days.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.– 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse Romans 1:20 (KJV).
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear – Hebrews 11:3 (KJV).
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding -Isaiah 40:28 (KJV).
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:And he is before all things, and by him all things consist – Colossians 1:16-17 (KJV).