Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Government effectively bans teaching of creationism in free schools

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Good news via the British Humanist Association, who have pointed out that the government's recent revisions to the "model funding agreement" for free schools mean that it would not be possible to establish a school that would teach creationism and Intelligent Design as science. The relevant revision, which can be found on page 11 of the model funding agreement document, states that free schools:
"... shall not make provision in the context of any subject for the teaching, as an evidence-based view or theory, of any view or theory that is contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanation."
The revision, which has been welcomed by the BHA, follows a long campaign to ensure that the coalition government's free schools policy did not lead to the opening of academies that would teach creationism as science. The Department for Education had previously stressed that the teaching of creationism would not be tolerated, and in October last year an application by the evangelical Everyday Champions Church was rejected on account of creationism, but campaigners argued that this stance should be made clear in the rules governing free school applications.

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