In New Zealand, 75% of the people support evolution. So you wouldn’t expect to see Kansas-like problems in neighboring Australia.
However, at Pacific Hills Christian School in Sydney, students were being taught the following spectrum of beliefs in regards to evolution:
Somehow, this teacher places Intelligent Design to the right of Theistic Evolutionist. That makes sense…
This teacher also doesn’t know how to delete unwanted parts of a Powerpoint slide.
The entire video in which this slide can be seen is found here.
On the upside, some are angry about this. And that school is being checked out by the Board of Studies (their version of a school board).
According to the BoS:
Intelligent design is not part of any Board of Studies syllabus. Intelligent design is not in the science curriculum because it is not scientific and not evidence based.
If schools choose to teach aspects of intelligent design in a science class it must be in addition to, not instead of, the Board’s full program of science courses.
Schools teaching intelligent design must make it clear to students that this material is not part of the Board’s syllabus and that it will not be tested in any public examination.
Students should understand that intelligent design would not be considered relevant in any responses they write for School Certificate (SC) or Higher School Certificate (HSC) science examinations.
Intelligent design should not be set as part of the school-based assessment tasks for science that contribute to SC and HSC assessment.
Ok, I take back the comparison to Kansas. Though I still don’t think ID belongs in the classroom at all, even as supplementary material to evolution.
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[tags]atheist, atheism, science, evolution, Richard Dawkins[/tags]