We all hope that our children are getting the best education possible. Whether that education is found in a city's public school system or in the country at a private school, we all have the best intentions at heart. But then again, some people have different ideas of what a good education entails.
It's an understood rule: You never talk about religion or politics with someone you're just meeting or in public settings where you're not sure how your thoughts will be received, but here goes: There are still hundreds of schools in the US where creationism is allowed to be taught today.
Creationism is the belief that the earth and the universe were created by God and that evolution is false. Though evolution has been proven time and again, some schools still teach creationism as fact. The above map shows a portion of those schools that are still allowed to include it in their curriculum—and even more surprising is the fact that in some way, all of the schools represented are receiving tax-payer funding.
Yes, that means in some way, whether you like it or not, you could be funding lessons on creationism.
It's not just happening in small towns or private schools where there's less oversight from the government, rather this is happening in public schools where you'd think the separation of church and state should prevent things like this from happening. Nor is it solely happening in the south—states like Colorado and Ohio allow schools to teach alternatives to evolution, too.
How do you feel about the possibility that you could be funding religious agendas?