There’s more good news from the UK today, to go along with what we reported back in June — UK Bans Creationism in Tax-Supported Schools.
The BBC reports: ‘Extremist’ nurseries to lose funding – Nicky Morgan. Extremist nurseries? What’s going on over there? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Councils are to be given powers to stop funding early-years providers with links to extremism, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.
This is the Wikipedia writeup on Nicky Morgan. She’s a member of the British Conservative Party. It’s obvious that British conservatives are nothing like the theocrats who call themselves American conservatives these days. But what was the problem in the UK? We’re told:
The move follows a letter-writing campaign by the British Humanist Association [the BHA]. Members [of the BHA] wrote to MPs and responded to a nursery funding consultation, raising concerns about extremist links and creationist teaching in some nurseries.
Wow — UK conservatives are opposed to teaching creationism! They could teach their American cousins a thing or two. Alas, we can imagine the US conservatives’ reaction already: No creationism? But that’s what conservatism is all about! Let’s read on:
Mrs Morgan said that toddlers must learn “fundamental British values” and that schools and nurseries that do not “support this aim” should not receive public money.
We like Nicky Morgan. The BBC continues:
Announcing the measures, Mrs Morgan, who replaced Michael Gove as education secretary in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle, said there is no place for extremism “anywhere in the education system”. Funding would be withheld from establishments that teach creationism as scientific fact, Mrs Morgan said.
We really like her. There’s a lot more to the BBC article, but we’ve given you the basics. All that remains now is to see the anguished responses from creationists in the US. It won’t be very long before ol’ Hambo posts a rant about this. We’re looking forward to it.
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