Parents are being encouraged to challenge their children’s science teachers over what they are explaining as the origins of life.
An organisation called Truth in Science has also sent resource packs to all UK secondary school science departments.
It promotes the idea of intelligent design – that there was an intelligence behind the creation of the universe.
On their website, Truth in Science notes that they’ve already sent ” a mailing to all Secondary School and College Heads of Science in the United Kingdom.” Busy little bees, aren’t they?
And boy, doesn’t this sound familiar:
It quotes the Edexcel examining board as explaining that students “need to adopt a critical, questioning frame of mind, going ‘behind the scenes’ to understand the workings of science and how it impacts on society and their lives”.
The Truth in Science website says: “We consider that it is time for students to be permitted to adopt a critical approach to Darwinism in science lessons.”
Something sure has evolved: the anti-evolution catchphrase. “Critical analysis” and its kin are obviously being positively selected!
Of course, most of y’all there across the pond are much more sensible than to fall for this sort of thing.
The British Humanist Association and the progressive think tank Ekklesia have written to Education Secretary Alan Johnson, calling on the government to ensure teachers know that teaching material provided by Truth in Science “is not appropriate for school science”.
Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow said: “Reputable scientists and reputable theologians are clear that the anti-evolutionary ideas propagated by groups like this are in no way comparable to scientific theories of origins.
“The government and its inspectorate should have no truck with superstition in the modern science classroom.”
(Leave it to the Brits to phrase things so eloquently…I think that phrase needs to be put on a bumper sticker).
A peek over at the “Truth in Science” website is enough to make one nauseous. They have the standard quote-mining and talking points as our own creationists. “A controversy exists;” “most of the public want to see this taught,” yada yada. And they’ve already developed some of their own lesson plans–teaching “irreducible complexity” (.pdf) and assigning students homework on stories of “fossil frauds” (also .pdf), for example.
They also argue in their FAQ against the accusation that they’re just another American import:
Is Truth in Science an American organisation?
No, Truth in Science is a British organisation. Although dissent from Darwinism is often portrayed by the media as an American phenomenon, books have been published against Darwinism in the UK by anatomist Antony Latham, journalist Richard Milton, environmental scientist David Swift, and Professor of Design and Nature at Bristol University, Stuart Burgess. Darwinism is questioned by thinking people all over the world.
Whether they receive any funding from American sources, I don’t know, but I’m happy to let y’all take credit for them–but still sorry that you have to deal with this nonsense there as well.