Recent reports indicated that schools in Hampshire were receiving inappropriate guidance regarding the teaching of religious belief, principally creationism, within science classes (BBC News – Schools get advice on creationism). It appears a rethink has taken place judging from a report in ThisIsHampshire.net (Councillors agree to keep Creationism out of science lessons in Southampton).
SOUTHAMPTON councillors have agreed that God should be kept out of the science classroom.
They backed a motion demanding science and religion should continue to be taught separately.
It comes as 70 Hampshire secondary schools have been issued advice on how to teach 11 to 14-year-olds creationism alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Unfortunately, it sounds as though this merely reflects an oasis of rationality within the county – one hopes this will extend beyond Southampton. Educators should be clearly informed about this – There is no place for religiously-motivated medieval claptrap in Science classes.