In the Times of London we read: Put creationism on a par with evolution, say third of teachers. Excerpts, with bold added by us:
Nearly a third of teachers believe that the theories of creationism and intelligent design should be given the same status as evolution in the classroom, according to a survey. However, 50 per cent disagreed.
Presumably, 29% is “nearly a third” in British journalism. Okay. Continuing:
National curriculum guidelines state that creationism has no place in science lessons.
Yes, for the moment. Here’s a more informative story about the same news, appearing in the Guardian: Creationism should be taught as science, say 29% of teachers:
Twenty-nine per cent of teachers believe that creationism and intelligent design should be taught as science, according to an online survey of attitudes to teaching evolution in the UK.
Are online surveys accurate? Can they be distorted by a few obsessed participants? We have doubts about the integrity of such results — especially because we’ve had experience with the ethics of creationists.
Here’s a bit more:
“This poll data confirms that the debate on whether there is a place for the teaching of creationism in the classroom is still fierce,” said Andrew Bethell, chief executive of Teachers TV. Teachers TV emailed 10,600 education professionals, of which 1,210 responded. Because the sample is self-selecting, only those teachers with the strongest views might have replied.
We strongly suspect that the creationists hacked the survey. Either way, in the new and glorious spirit of Barack Obama, we say: Let’s spread the stupid around!
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