Wednesday, September 26, 2007
... is not much in evidence, at least in this case. Ekklesia, a liberal "Christian think-tank" in the United Kingdom and our own National Center for Science Education are reporting that the UK Department of Children, Schools, and Families has issued guidance for teachers on how to discuss creationism, specifically including Intelligent Design Creationism. The statement reads:
There has been much debate recently about the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in the science curriculum. The 'Truth in Science' pack, which had been sent to all secondary schools, also generated media interest.Makes me want to order up a big plate of bangers and mash while we await the inevitable whining from the Discovery Institute!
Intelligent Design is a creationist belief that suggests that the biological complexity of human beings is evidence for presence of a God or an 'intelligent designer'. It is sometimes erroneously advanced as scientific theory but has no underpinning scientific principles or explanations supporting it and it is not accepted by the international scientific community.
Creationism and intelligent design are not part of the National Curriculum for science, but there is scope for schools to discuss creationism as part of Religious Education -- a component of the basic school curriculum -- in developing pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions. This guidance is designed to clarify the place of these concepts within the National Curriculum.