Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Creationist exams approved by government-funded agency

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Exams based on a curriculum involving the teaching of creationism, studied by pupils at around 50 private Christian schools in Britain, are recognised as equivalent to A Levels by a government-funded body that judges the credibility of qualifications, the Times Educational Supplement reports.

The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) tests students on the material they have studied as part of the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme (see this old NH blog post for a previous mention of ACE), which includes creationism and references to the potential benefits of racial segregation. One passage in the ACE Biology textbook even suggests that the Loch Ness Monster helps disprove the theory of evolution:
"Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence.

Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.

Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.”
The National Recognition Information Centre (NAIRC) carried out a "benchmarking exercise" on the ICCE qualifications last year, and according to the TES ruled that:
"... the course’s general certificate, which involves two to three years of study, should be compared to Cambridge International’s O-level at grades C to E; the intermediate certificate to the international O-level at grades A to B; and the advanced certificate to an international A-level."
For more on this story see the Liberal Conspiracy blog, which has a guest post by Jonny Scaramanga, a former ACE student who has complained to NAIRC about its approval of the ICCE exams.

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