below are just snippets, the entire article is a lot longer, 3 pages, worth a read though
"...many of these faith-based schools go beyond teaching the biblical story of the six days of creation as literal fact. Their course materials nurture disdain of the secular world, distrust of momentous discoveries and hostility toward mainstream scientists. They often distort basic facts about the scientific method — teaching, for instance, that theories such as evolution are by definition highly speculative because they haven’t been elevated to the status of “scientific law.” "
"One set of books popular in Christian schools calls evolution “a wicked and vain philosophy.” Another derides “modern math theorists” who fail to view mathematics as absolute laws ordained by God. The publisher notes that its textbooks shun “modern” breakthroughs — even those, like set theory, developed back in the 19th century. Math teachers often set aside time each week — even in geometry and algebra to explore numbers in the Bible. Students learn vocabulary with sentences like, “Many scientists today are Creationists.” "
"Some 26 states are now considering enacting new voucher programs or expanding existing ones..."
"Not all religious schools, of course, teach creationism. Many have top-notch science programs with multiple Advanced Placement options. Many Catholic schools, in particular, make sure students get a solid grounding in evolution in biology class, no matter what they’re learning in theology."
"Voucher proponents often describe the programs as a chance for students to escape failing public schools and obtain a better education. Yet the review of school websites and curricula found that some voucher schools openly declare that academics come second to their chief mission: training students to obey and glorify the Lord."
How do you feel about vouchers being used to go to private religious schools to promote a distrust of science?
Like the article notes not all schools that are religious push religious worldviews in areas like math and science. I went to a Catholic school fortunate to be run by Jesuits who didn't push theology in the classroom. But then again they didn't get voucher subsidies, and they're probably in the minority with being a religious school that didn't teach religion.
I guess what I find most disturbing is not that the money goes toward schools that teach religion, but that they're teaching religion in non-religious subjects, and it's a rather perverse religious worldview that distrusts science and crowning scientific discoveries.
How is the United States supposed to better itself with scientific innovation and the demands of a changing more competitive world when religious extremists are dragging us back in time? How are educators supposed to refine the curriculum to meet these needs when they're too exhausted trying to keep religion out of the class room and textbooks? How are we supposed to elect political leaders who can shape job and economic policies around science and technological advancements when the electorate is too fixated on whether a politician's religious principles meet their own?
I find it quite scary that more money will be going to institutions that promote religious extremists views, as an alternative to improving public education. It's already bad enough that half the electorate is made up of young earth creationists, that's probably not going to improve with growing religious extremism in education.