Why is the American South so anti-knowledge?

[Satan] fell to condemning intelligence and to hating curiosity. He himself refused to learn anything more, for fear that in acquiring fresh knowledge he might let it be seen that he had not known everything at the very outset.

Anatole France, La Revolte des Anges

revolte des angesYou’ve likely learned how a select few Texans manage to distort learning throughout the United States via their control of textbook subject matter. But Louisianans seem like they’re playing the Catholic Church to the Texans’ Galileo.

The following post from ThinkProgressis the near-entire post from that site  (I didn’t include a photo and its caption).  Note that at the end of the article, it is the State of Louisiana that is appealing the court’s decision.

Textbook For Louisiana’s Voucher Schools Teaches Hippies Are Dirty, Rock Musicians Worship Satan

By Annie-Rose Strasser on Mar 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

Since the Louisiana school system began, last year, a voucher program that allows students to go to private schools on the public’s dime, reports have trickled out over questionable schools that qualified for the system.

With a lack of oversight, it seemed, children were being taught creationism and other debunked or wholly wrong ideas. Mother Jones uncovered that children were learning that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together, that the KKK did helpful community organizing, and that dragons were real.

But the latest example takes on perhaps the most overtly political stance. In a textbook obtained by Americablog, children are taught about hippies:

They went to Canada or European countries to escape being drafted into military service.

Many young people turned to drugs and immoral lifestyles’ these youths became known as hippies. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.

In December of 2012, a Louisiana state court declared the voucher program unconstitutional because it used public money to fund private enterprises. That decision is in the process of appeal by the state.

I Got Life (Ragni & Rado/McDermot)

Performed by Treat Williams in the 1979 film Hair. Choreography by Twyla Tharp.


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