According to the survey of 1,200 teachers, 53 per cent thought that creationism should not be taught in science lessons, while 29 per cent thought it should, reports Timesonline.

However, 88 per cent said that if students raised the issue in a science lesson, they should be allowed to discuss it.

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UPDATE: see THIS important note.

Comments

  1. #1 Matt Heath
    November 8, 2008

    Yes! We are just as dumb. And more importantly we don’t have the first amendment and supreme court to dig us out of our stupidity. That’s why I get so frustrated when Americans on the interwebs talk about Britain (or Europe generally) like it was some kind of enlightenment oasis.

  2. #2 Kapitano
    November 8, 2008

    Teachers of which subjects? The article doesn’t say, and it does make a difference.

    I’m a teacher, and most of my colleagues are either unaware of creationism, or vaguely aware and indifferent. Not surprising, as they’re not teachers of science or modern politics.

    As for the issue being raised in a science lesson, I think it’s a good idea to discuss it – or rather, explain why it’s wrong.

  3. #3 g
    November 8, 2008

    K: You don’t say what kind of teacher you are. In the US?

    These were supposedly primary and secondary school science teachers, but in fact it is not clear. I’m just now posting more information on this poll, which I’m liking less and less as I learn more and more.

  4. #4 foolfodder
    November 8, 2008