Creationism Banned in West Sussex (UK)

WE SHALL start with the primal question: Where is West Sussex? Click here for a map. It’s right next to Hampshire, about which we’ve been reporting.

In The Argus, based in Brighton & Hove in East Sussex (adjacent to West Sussex), we read Teachers banned from promoting creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Teachers have been banned from promoting creationism in lessons.

That’s rather direct. Let’s read on:

The warning was issued by West Sussex County Council, the education authority, on the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin publishing his groundbreaking work The Origin of Species, which put forward the case for evolution.

It’s curious how things were so different over in the next county. We continue:

Councillor Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for education and schools, was asked at a full meeting fo [sic] the council: “What is the policy of the County Council towards teachers in its employment who promote creationism and/or intelligent design rather than Darwin’s theory of natural selection?”

Coun[cillor] Griffiths said: “It is acceptable to answer questions about creationism in science but not promote it.”

But what about in RE (religious education)?

Teachers and students could also explore creationist ideas when learning about religious beliefs.

Things seem quite reasonable in West Sussex. Moving along:

Mr Griffiths was also asked if there was a zero tolerance attitude to teachers who promoted creationism.

Good question. The answer is the concluding paragraph of the article:

Coun[cillor] Griffiths said it [the County Council, presumably] was currently reviewing its policy, but added: “I note that the view of evolution is changing and that it has been reported that the Vatican has accepted that Darwin’s theory of evolution is compatible with the Christian faith.”

It’s not easy being a belligerent creationist in West Sussex.

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4 responses to “Creationism Banned in West Sussex (UK)

  1. Hallelujah! 🙂

  2. Article stated:

    Coun[cillor] Griffiths said: “It is acceptable to answer questions about creationism in science but not promote it.”

    I think that’s fine. Honest answers about Creationism can only deflate rather than promote it.

  3. Great Claw says: “I think that’s fine. Honest answers about Creationism can only deflate rather than promote it.”

    A science text should start with a description of the scientific method and the history of its development. It should also explain why certain ideas aren’t scientific. All the teacher should need to do is refer to chapter one.

  4. John Phillips, FCD

    Good to see some sense this side of the pond. As for mentioning creationism/IDiocy in a science class, it is the perfect example of what isn’t science or the scientific method. Thus, used purely in that context I have no problem with ‘mentioning’ it.