Monday, 19 September 2011

Teach evolution, not creationism! Leading scientists sign up to new campaign

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A new campaign coordinated by the British Humanist Association is lobbying the government to take action to prevent the teaching of creationism in schools. The Teach Evolution, Not Creationism! campaign is supported by thirty leading figures from the world of science, including David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Michael Reiss and Steve Jones, and calls for current guidelines on creationism to be enshrined in legislation, as well as for the inclusion of evolution on the national curriculum:
"Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools. There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly-funded school of whatever type.

But this is not enough. An understanding of evolution is central to understanding all aspects of biology. The teaching of evolution should be included at both primary and secondary levels in the National Curriculum and in all schools."
The campaign is supported by he Association for Science Education, the British Humanist Association, the British Science Association, the Campaign for Science & Engineering and Ekklesia.
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