This is certainly a fascinating find and I hope people pay attention to the fact that Dr. Irving Finkel refers to the Babylonian flood story, of which the story of Noah and his ark is believed to be one iteration of many. More importantly, the clay tablet describes the vessel which was used to survive the flood as being a coracle, which is a roundish vessel more common to that era and location. The idealized story of a boat which was some 300x50x30 cubits is nothing but mythology.
Teaching Creationism in the U.S. public school system
For some reason, a significant segment of the U.S. population is determined to pass on the false notion that there is controversy when it comes to major scientific facts. The folks over at Slate created a nice graphic illustrating the states in the U.S. where school teachers are afforded some protection, via state law, when it comes to teaching the scientific “controversy”.