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The decision effectively means that no school in the United Kingdom can teach creationism or any other “anti-scientific” dogma without losing the entirety of its funding, as they would be violating “the requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.”
According to a press release from the British Humanist Association (BHA), the new rules “explicitly require that pupils are taught about the theory of evolution, and prevent academy trusts from teaching ‘creationism’ as scientific fact.”
Not even Intelligent Design — the favored faux-scientific theory of American creationists who wish to import biblical beliefs into public school classrooms — can be taught, as “creationism” is defined by the new rule as “any doctrine or theory which holds that natural biological processes cannot account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth and therefore rejects the scientific theory of evolution.”
As BHA Faith Schools Campaigner Richy Thompson noted, the reason behind this change was that “every young person is entitled to a high quality, broad and balanced education. This includes in biology, where evolution is a central topic and is vital to understanding how human life came to be. On the other hand, ideas such as young earth creationism should not be taught as scientifically valid for the very simple reason that they are not.”
“every young person is entitled to a high quality, broad and balanced education. This includes in biology, where evolution is a central topic and is vital to understanding how human life came to be
originally posted by: Prezbo369
a reply to: soulpowertothendegree
You seem to think you now about evolution......can you elaborate on how it requires creationism?...
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Well, I think religious mythology can be taught at home and in the church adequately. I do think they should at least mention it without having to go into any detail.
I don't believe in creationism as the Bible portrays, to me it seems like a magical fantasy -- but I still think people should be aware of what others believe.
I'm pretty sure even at Hogwarts they taught what the Muggles believed in.
originally posted by: Blazemore2000
a reply to: Prezbo369
I wish the U.S. would follow suit. Unfortunately, there are too many religious fanatics in politics for it to have much of a chance.