18 July 2012

The dangers of creationism...

The Grauniad reports that Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has given the go ahead for three new free schools with a fundamentalist Christian ethos - including the teaching of creationism.  But not apparently part of the science curriculum, so that's OK then.

It is clear from Gove's recent axing of proposals for a much needed new community secondary in north Kingston, that he has gone free school mad - to the exclusion of any other model. 

And allowing dangerously deluded educational theories - such as creationism and so called 'Accelerated Christian Education' - outlined in this excellent blog - a foothold in UK schools is dangerous to the children involved.

Gove needs to reign back his enthusiasm for free schools.  Instead he and his department should focus on ensuring all schools provide quality education for their students - free from extremist dogma - of whatever persuasion.  He wouldn't allow a fundamentalist muslim jihadist school - so why does he allow its Christian equivalent?

4 comments:

  1. Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom. This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/pulpit-in-classroom-biblical-agenda-in.html with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

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  2. Thanks Brandt - great blog and nice to see another shrinky fan!

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  3. I learned many things with your blog post. I could definitely see that you are aiming to inform and express yourself to the readers.

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  4. Nothing makes sense in biology without evolution. Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together.
    Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "does not!"

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