|What is there to Fear?|
|Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:43|
In a statement on a new campaign website, 30 scientists and campaign groups, including the British Science Association, have demanded that the teaching of creationism and "intelligent design" as alternative scientific theory be banned outright, stating
There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly-funded school of whatever type … whether it takes place in science lessons or not.Although Truth in Science features prominently in this web article, the organisation has never advocated the teaching of creationism in science lessons in schools. It has consistently advocated, promoted and distributed materials that encourage a more critical approach to the teaching of Evolution as an important component of science education, allowing individuals to follow the evidence wherever it leads.
The DVDs and textbooks distributed by TiS are designed to provide additional resources to teachers and students to facilitate this journey. Legislation to protect science from thoughtful enquiry is surely a contradiction of terms. Science can only flourish in an environment of academic freedom.
Speculations on the chemical origins of life are almost universally covered in school curricula under ‘Evolution’, despite the questionable relevance of the topic for evolution, and its rather uncertain scientific basis.
Moore, A. (2008) Nature 453:31-32