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UK Government Takes Stance on Creationism in Schools

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From The Guardian‘s science blog by James Randerson:

The UK government has issued new guidelines to teachers on what to teach about creationism and intelligent design in science classes. They are pretty explicit that creationism and ID do not belong.

The move seems to be a response to efforts by the ironically named campaign group “Truth in Science“. Last year it sent DVDs promoting ID to every school in the land in the hope that they would be used to teach the creationist idea alongisde evolution in science lessons.

The new guidelines could not be clearer:

Creationism and intelligent design are not part of the science National Curriculum programmes of study and should not be taught as science.

That doesn’t mean it cannot be mentioned of course, but the guidelines state that it should only feature as part of discussions about what does and does not make a scientific theory.

To which we at CStF sigh: “Ex-aaaaaact-ly.” Creationism is an important part of history, certainly. And, apart from illustrating to children what does and does not a scientific theory make—in other words, the difference between scientific research and politically motivated intellectual sophistry—that is where it belongs.

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  1. QB said, on 9/29/07 at 9:07 am

    Curtis did not know that you are around. Come to check you after you posted comments.

    The evolution if you look from the religious books message confirmed it. The religious scholars simplistic interpretation God created human in his own image is not correct.

  2. Curtis said, on 9/29/07 at 9:08 am

    And that it is simplistic in that sense is, admittedly, one of the kinder things one could say about religious dogma in general.

    Yeah, I disappeared for a while . . .it happens . . . :-)

  3. raincoaster said, on 9/30/07 at 3:25 am

    Ay MEN!

  4. Curtis said, on 9/30/07 at 3:32 am

    :-)


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