ACE Infantile creationist burblings rated equivalent to UK A-level (school leaving; University entrance) exams

If you care about education, or truth, or science, or standards, please help me publicise this link:


This is tiktaalik, a fish-tetrapod intermediate discovered in 2004 and described by Shubin et al. in Nature in 2006.  ACE (Accelerated Christina Education) will tell you such intermediates do not exist. But that’s the least of their nonsense.

I am writing this post to draw your attention to, and links therein, in which my friend Jonny Scaramanga shows the following:

ACE is incredibly bad. It tests by using multiple choice questions that are an insult to the intelligence. See for example this, for 17 – 18 year olds, the University entry class, after studying the play in question:

Macbeth was probably written to honor   (a) Macbeth   (b) Shakespeare   (c) James I   (d)  God   whose ancestors came from Scotland.

Or if that’s too difficult for you, try these, for ninth graders:

Answer true or false: Leif Ericsson played shortstop in the Icelandic League

The Bible teaches that ____ is the center of the universe and the Creator of all things   (a) man   (b) God

And much much more.

And a prize-winning collection, if prizes were available for such a thing, of mis-statements about evolution, creationism, and science. They may have backed down in the UK and Australia on their claim that the Loch Ness Monster is a real live plesiosaur, but they still teach this in the US. They also have such old favourites as the “dinosaur” caught by Japanese fishermen, the non-existence of intermediate forms, denial of nuclear fusion in stars (an invention of evolutionists, who want to pretend that the Sun is more than 6000 years old), evolution as an act of faith, and much much more (see here and here).

As Jonny shows, this load of drivel has been officially rated by NARIC as equivalent to Advanced Level, the standard UK University entrance qualification, and ACE nursery schools receive UK taxpayer funding.  His post also gives details of funding and/or accreditation in the US, South Africa, and New Zealand. ACE, he tells us, claims that its curriculum is being used in 192 countries and 6000 schools worldwide.

So all over the world, well-meaning parents are, at their own and occasionally at public expense, buying an “educational” program that systematically misinforms (Jonny, himself a survivor of ACE, gives other survivors’ stories here). The banality of its materials shows it to be unfit for its stated educational purposes. Worst of all, this programme conceals from those who use it the realities of the wonderful world (indeed, some of my friends would say, the wonderful God-given world) that we have the good fortune to live in.

This must stop. Spread the word.

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on December 9, 2013, in Creationism, Education, Religion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. The situation with Nessie and the Japanese fishing vessel’s ‘dinosaur’ seems to be that ACE schools in the US are still teaching both as fact, joyfully ignoring the media outcry on the subject, while schools in Australia and the UK have deleted both claims. Instead, they are teaching that cave paintings and legends of dragons are proof that humans and dinosaurs have co-existed.


  2. Mr Jeff Rudisel

    Inaneness abounds!


  3. Children deserve an education, not a religious indoctrination.


  4. Horrifying, yet hilarious.


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