UK bans schools from teaching creationism as science

In a victory for common sense, the UK government has issued a ban prohibiting schools from teaching children that pseudo-scientific ideas such as creationism are scientifically valid.

The British Humanist Association reports:

The Government has changed the rules to preclude all Academies and Free Schools, both those that already exist and those that will open in the future, from teaching pseudo-scientific ideas such as creationism as scientifically valid.

The new rule strengthens an existing rule which “precluded all future Free Schools (i.e. those not already open) from teaching pseudoscience as science and required them to teach evolution.”

According to io9, state-funded academies in the UK are like charter schools in the United States, and are primarily comprised of high schools. While free schools are non-profit, independent, state-funded schools not controlled by a local authority, but subject to the School Admissions Code.

Teaching children creationism as science is not nearly as widespread in the UK as it is in the US; however, there has been a problem in the UK with free schools exploiting loopholes in the  system, and presenting creationism as science to school children.

The Head of Public Affairs for the British Humanist Association, Pavan Dhaliwal, commented:

“… we believe that this means that the objectives of the (“Teach evolution, not creationism”) campaign are largely met. We congratulate the Government on its robust stance on this issue.”

This is a significant secular victory for the UK, and should serve as a wake-up call for the U.S. It is time to protect all public school children from the deception of “scientific” creationism. Teaching children religious superstition as science is wrong, and should not be tolerated.

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