At the website of Ekklesia, a British think-tank which “examines the role of religion in public life and advocates transformative theological ideas and solutions,” we read Top scientists and educators want evolution not creationism in school science. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Top scientists and educationalists, including Sir David Attenborough and a leading science educator who is an Anglican priest, together with five national organisations, have put their names to a statement calling for the teaching of evolutionary science, not creationism, in school science classrooms.
The statement, which appears on a new website [Teach evolution, not creationism!], calls on the government to make statutory and enforceable the current, non-statutory, guidance that creationism and so-called ‘intelligent design’ should not be taught in school science, while at the same time calling for the teaching of evolution to be included at both primary and secondary levels in the National Curriculum and in all schools.
The statement is strong and brief. Check it out. The Ekklesia article continues:
The organisations backing the statement are the Association for Science Education, the British Humanist Association, the British Science Association, the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and Christian beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia.
The thirty leading scientists backing it include three Nobel laureates; naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough; neurobiologist Professor Colin Blakemore; evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins; President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse; and science education expert the Rev Professor Michael Reiss.
Only three Nobel laureates? That may impress the Brits, but not the Americans. You may recall that earlier this year, Zachary Kopplin rounded up 41 Nobel Laureates for Repeal of Louisiana’s creationism bill — to no avail.
Hey, this is good:
Simon Barrow, co-director of Ekklesia, added: “Mainstream religious bodies as well as mainstream scientists reject the ideology of ‘creationism’, which posits an unnecessary and intellectually flawed conflict between faith and science. They regard it as vital that proper science is taught and respected in Britain’s classrooms, and indeed among civic organisations, both religious and non-religious. Teaching creationism as if it was scientific is dishonest and harmful.“
There’s a lot more information in the Ekklesia article, including some history of The Controversy in the UK, and some discussion of the activities of a creationist group with the ridiculous name of “Truth in Science.” So click over there and read it all. We don’t know how things will go across the pond, but we wish them well.
Update: See UK Adopts New School Curriculum.
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