This appears at the website WalesOnline, which refers to itself as “as Wales’ premier outlet for breaking news.” They’re located in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. Their headline is Sir David Attenborough calls for Welsh Government to ban teaching religion as science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Leading experts and scientists are calling on the Welsh Government to ban the teaching of creationism as science. The 46 scientists and educators, including Sir David Attenborough, want to ensure that students are taught evolution at primary school and to explicitly ban the teaching of creationism as science in all Welsh state schools.
We didn’t know there was a problem in Welsh schools. Hey — perhaps those 46 people would also contact some American school systems — especially in Louisiana and Tennessee, both of which have enacted a version of the Discovery Institute’s creationist Academic Freedom bill.
That’s unlikely to happen, so let’s get back to the news story. WalesOnline says:
The Welsh Government’s draft national curriculum does not teach children evolution until ages 14 and 15 and, at present, allows creationism and pseudoscience to be taught as science in all schools. This is not the case in England where evolution is taught at primary level and schools are forbidden from teaching creationism as scientific fact.
Creationists probably regard Wales as paradise compared to England. The news story then quotes from a letter that was sent to the Welsh government, the signers of which include Sir David Attenborough, Humanists UK and its President Professor Alice Roberts, the British Science Association, the Association for Science Education, and the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Here’s a bit of it:
As scientists and educators we believe that good science teaching is vital to the education and development of all children, wherever they live in the UK. … Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. It is a fundamental concept that describes and explains the development of the diversity of life on the planet. Pupils should be introduced to it early – certainly at primary level – as it underpins so much else. What’s more, without an explicit ban on teaching creationism, intelligent design, and other pseudoscientific theories as evidence-based, such teaching may begin to creep into the school curriculum, when it is vital children in Wales are not exposed to pseudoscientific doctrines masquerading as science.
Hey, that’s great! We’d love to see the reaction of ol’ Hambo. Maybe we will. Anyway, here’s one more excerpt from WalesOnline:
Darwin’s theory of evolution is well established scientific fact and is as widely accepted as gravity as being correct. At the moment some independent faith schools in Wales do teach creationism as an alternative to evolution. They will not be affected by any potential ban as they are not a state school.
That seems fair. There’s lots more to the story, but you’ve got the general idea. The usual suspects will undoubtedly have something to say about this “Darwinist bullying.” We look forward to it.
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