A few days ago we posted Creationist Madness in Scotland about what was described as “an extremist religious sect” that “rubbishes evolution” which had been invited into Kirktonholme Primary School in East Kilbride, which Wikipedia says is the largest town in the South Lanarkshire council area of Scotland. The creationist sect was the Alabama-based Church of Christ. When the parents became aware of what was going on, they really raised a fuss.
Now we have an unexpectedly swift follow-up. In The Scotsman, which is published Edinburgh, we read Creationist row: Headteachers removed from school. Sounds like good news, and it happened fast! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
TWO headteachers at a Scottish primary school who allowed members of a US creationist Christian religious sect into classrooms have been removed from their posts, it emerged last night.
All right! That’s the way these things should be done. Here’s more:
Headteacher Alexandra MacKenzie and her deputy Elizabeth Mockus – who job-share at Kirktonholme Primary School in East Kilbride – are to be “redeployed” to backroom duties while South Lanarkshire Council carries out an investigation. Education chiefs want to determine why the Church of Christ sect had been allowed into the school to work as classroom assistants for the last eight years.
Eight years of stealth creationist indoctrination of little kids! Redeployment to the backroom isn’t severe enough, but the investigation is just beginning. Let’s read on:
Both Mrs MacKenzie and Mrs Mockus continue to work for the council in an education role, but the council did not say where they were working or what they were doing.
They should be assigned to duties suitable for creationists — scrubbing floors. We continue:
Alex Gear, from the Church of Christ, had been invited into the school by Mrs Mackenzie to take on the role as one of the school’s chaplains. He regularly spoke to pupils about beliefs as part of their religious education lessons.
[Jim Gilhooly, the council’s director of education] also told parents the East Kilbride school would no longer be used to hold a youth club which was run by Mr Gear on Monday evenings
They’re really cleaning house! Here’s one more excerpt:
Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: “I very much welcome an investigation. But I hope it doesn’t just focus on one school, but take in other schools so that pupils aren’t exposed to this sort of extremism.”
We don’t know what “Green MSP” means, but we like his thinking. And we like the fact that the creationists are being put in their place — out!
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