Scottish creationism petition progresses

Paul Braterman outlines progress of the Scottish Secular Society’s Petition relating the teaching of creationism as a valid scientific alternative to the established science of evolution, common descent, and deep time. This morning, the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament held its third and final hearing on the Scottish Secular Society’s Petition PE01530. The meeting is

Young Earth Creationism can’t be disproved? Really?

In Scottish Parliament  Motion S4M-12149, John Mason MSP makes a somewhat surprising assertion: Motion S4M-12149: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/01/2015 Creationism and Evolution That the Parliament notes that South Lanarkshire Council has issued guidance concerning the appointment and input of chaplains and religious organisations in schools; understands that some people

UK Government doesn’t ban Academies from teaching creationism as science

The British Humanist Assosiation has noted that Government changes Academy model funding agreement… but DOESN’T ban creationist schools The Government yesterday revised the Academy model funding agreement to bring it in line with all the recent changes made to the Free School model funding agreement – except it declined to ban creationist schools. The British Humanist

So, what is the point of the ‘National Curriculum’?

The British Humanist Association notes the alarming speed at which secondary schools in England are transferring to Academy status (Expansion of Academies Programme Continues Apace Despite Lack of Safeguards). The Department of Education has announced that 1 in 6 secondary schools in England have now converted to Academy status (547), a large jump from January this

Intelligent Design, Schools and the Scottish Parliament

Insipid responses on Intelligent Design creationism from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and  Learning and Teaching Scotland The excellent 21st Floor launched a campaign (Fake ID) against the potential intrusion of creationism  and its intelligent design variant into Scottish Schools, following the establishment of the Centre for Intelligent Design (C4ID) in Glasgow.