Teach Evolution Or Lose Funding!

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According to a recently published story on the BBC News website:

“Failing to teach evolution by natural selection in science lessons could lead to new free schools losing their funding under government changes. The new rules state that from 2013, all free schools in England must teach evolution as a ‘comprehensive and coherent scientific theory’.”

In my opinion, this is certainly a move to be welcomed. Creationism has no place in the science classroom; it is vital that students, from whatever background, have the opportunity to learn about evolution as an empirically based theory and one of the underpinning tenets of biology. Creationism is not, as some of its proponents often claim, a valid scientific alternative to evolution. Nor is it, as again is often claimed, a form of ‘censorship’ to exclude it from the science classroom.

That said, it most certainly has a place as a philosophical worldview in Religious Education modules, an area that would quite rightly be unaffected by the new government funding criteria.  It is important that students are aware of the creationist movement and its historical and philosophical underpinnings.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20547195

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