Free schools will not teach creationism, says Department for Education

The Guardian has posted a story relating to the BCSE letter to the Education Secretary Michael Gove (Free schools will not teach creationism, says Department for Education | Science | guardian.co.uk).

The Department for Education has said Michael Gove is “crystal clear that teaching creationism is at odds with scientific fact” after a warning that the government’s new free schools could be exploited by fundamentalist churches looking to promote a literal interpretation of the Bible.

The remarks follow a letter to the education secretary from the British Centre for Science Education (BCSE) suggesting that creationists planned to use government legislation on free schools to mount a “concerted attack” on science education.

It does sound as though the Coalition Government is making rules up as they go along, as problems and loopholes in the Free School proposals are revealed:

Last July, Gove acknowledged there were concerns about “inappropriate faith groups using this legislation to push their own agenda.” The education secretary, who was addressing MPs on the cross-party Commons education committee, said his department was working on the regulations to ensure there were no “extremist groups taking over schools”.

 

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