Sir Says, ‘God created the World’ – Questions About Teaching The Controver[sies] In Schools

Recently I read a link via Twitter about allowing a homeopath to present to a group of schoolchildren and I had some doubts about the wisdom of teachers doing this – primarily because I don’t know much about the context of what the students really knew about the topic (and whether their parents, and other staff members knew of the lecture, but I guess you can ask on the site) – and also because of ongoing debates about teaching claims like creationism in schools. Are they equivalent?

Here’s Alom Shaha on Voice of Russia London:

VOR’s Brendan Cole discusses this with Andy McIntosh, the co-director of the group Truth in Science; Geoff Chapman, the director of the Creation Resources Trust; Peter Williams, from the group Catholic Voices; Roger Stanyard, the spokesman for the British Centre for Science Education and Alom Shaha, the science teacher and author of The Young Atheists’ Handbook.



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  • elainep

    Of course gods are myths from thousands of years ago. Teach science not creationism ,watch those of science who have proof of a lot of their claims where religion has none.
    Our children are our future and should be taught kindness to others not hatred because of difference.

  • Jonny Scaramanga

    No one really made the point that every Creationist argument is simply false. I guess it was considered too obvious to be worth saying, and could have resulted in the debate going off down a very annoying road, wherein the Creationist makes a wild assertion that takes five seconds to say and ten minutes to debunk.

    Nevertheless, that’s actually the most important point, because there is no question that all knowledge must be open to debate. It’s just that Creationism doesn’t provide any valid criticisms, and for a teacher to say otherwise is simply lying.

  • MarkNS

    Homeopaths have no place in schools (or anywhere else, for that matter). What next? Invite an astrologer and alchemist in?

  • Adam

    As the teacher involved I think it’s only fair that I point out that the homeopath wasn’t presenting to a regular group of students. He was presenting to my lunchtime sceptical club, a group of kids who are well aware of the quackery of homeopathy. I (and several others) felt that it would be a great opportunity to put their critical thinking skills to the test.

    Stay tuned to the blog as I will shortly be putting up their questions, answers and after-thoughts.

  • Elizabeth

    I read the same article – I agree with you about having doubts about allowing a homeopath to present to a group of schoolchildren without any context, but from what is presented in the article, this particular group is part of a sceptic society, trained in critical thinking. Surely then it is beneficial for them to be given opportunities like this, to be presented with topics enthusiastically believed by the adult, in this case a homeopath, presenting them, and then be allowed to question the validity of these claims.

    This seemed like a promotion of critical thinking, something it is important for children to learn at a young age.

  • Ned Champlain

    Science should be taught is schools. Creationism should be taught in church. Unless creationists can submit any research, experiments that can be reviewed logically, it has no place being taught as fact.