Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Jersey Teacher Brings Christian Views Into History Class

In Newark, New Jersey, a high school student has taped his history classes to show that teacher David Paszkiewicz, who is also a Baptist preacher, is using class to promote his Christian religious beliefs. Today's Newark Star-Ledger reports that Kearny High School junior Matthew LaClair has complained to school administrators about the class. CD recordings reveal Paszkiewicz telling students that if they do not accept Jesus, they belong in Hell. He has emphasized creationism and dismissed evolution and the "Big Bang" as unscientific. Paszkiewicz also told his students that dinosaurs were on Noah's ark. School Superintendent Robert Mooney said Paszkiewicz is "a wonderful teacher". He said he was aware of the issues raised by LaClair and that corrective action would be taken.