29% of science teachers would teach creationism

Introduction: The Guardian reports that according to a Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers 29% of science teachers agreed with the statement: "Alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons."

29% of science teachers would teach creationism
The Guardian reports that according to a Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers 29% of science teachers agreed with the statement: "Alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons."

When asked if creationism should be "discussed" alongside evolution and the Big Bang 73% of science specialists agreed.

The survey also indicates strong support for the views of the Royal Society's former director of education, Professor Michael Reiss. He resigned in September over his views on how to include creationism in science lessons. But a majority of science specialists polled endorsed his argument that creationism should be "discussed" in science lessons.

In response to the poll, Reiss said: "School science lessons provide wonderful opportunities for students of all ages to be introduced to scientific thinking about the origins of the universe and evolution of life. At the same time, some students have creationist beliefs. The task of those who teach science is then to teach the science but to treat such students with respect."

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Office posted the article on Friday, 26th December 2008 at 11:18pm


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