Fourth-grade creationist science quiz: Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago — False

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The following fourth grade science quiz for a unit called “Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel” has been making the rounds on Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet, and it turns out it is real.

According to snopes.com, the quiz was given at a private religious school in South Carolina. You can read here the whole item.

Here’s one question and correct answer written in:

Q) The next time someone says the earth is billions (or millions) of years old, what can you say?

A) were you there

 

The test questions and answers reflect the beliefs of Young Earth creationist theory, which holds that the universe and everything in it was created by God some 6,000 years ago. Dinosaurs and humans co-existed, in this belief system. This explains some of the answers on the test.

There are religious schools around the country that teach this, including some that take students who have publicly funded vouchers. Here is a database with information about schools that teach creationist theory. Some of these schools take students on field trips to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which has exhibits and shows that promote creationist theory. For example, here’s the description of a presentation called “Six Days of Creationist Theory:”

Travel 6,000 years into the past to view the dawn of history. Enjoy a dramatic reading of Genesis chapter one as the first Six Days of Creation are illuminated in this panoramic theater. This four-minute, brief but powerful presentation will move you to consider the wonder and diversity of God’s Creation.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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