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

While the British elites are busy teaching their kids about justifying shooting protesters, some American kids are undergoing an entirely different form of indoctrination.

Via The Washington Post:

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, 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.




2 responses to “Fourth-grade creationist science quiz: Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago — False

  1. Too me, It’s strange, even growing up with family of varying degrees of evangelicalism, strong believers in religion etc. I don’t remember any of them denying evolution, they’re explanation was ” Why couldn’t God Use evolution, as part of his Creation?” I grew up in a very Conservative small Arizona town, very closed minded, but we weren’t even , and we always had at least one student try to challenge the science teacher with creationism, allowed to mention creationism, That was for Church, and even the Christian teachers upheld this. It seems to me to be a somewhat recent thing, this “Scopes Monkey trial” regression on the part of people, I find it troubling, the Idea of regression is appalling to me, But were in the brace of the new Anti-Progressive Movement, by the Right Wing, and things like this show the ludicrous nature of it. It’s frightening in it’s glorification of intellectual ineptitude. But Keeping the Flock together and docile is the desired end result, I guess..

    • orwellwasright

      Indeed – the extreme right demands simplistic thinking; by its very nature it is ideologically predisposed towards crude simplistic narratives often devoid of reasoning or deeper analysis.

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