The Kings Kids Christian School in southeast London fell foul of Ofsted, the education watchdog, when it was found to be filling pupils heads with creationist baloney … in science classes!
According to this report, the primary school did not meet independent school standards because students weren’t taught about scientific theories of earth’s origin.
Ofsted reported that:
The school’s curriculum does not meet requirements. Pupils do not study practical science or develop the skills to collect and evaluate scientific evidence.
The creation story is taught in science and there is no evidence that pupils learn scientific theories about the origin of the Earth.
However, Nigel Steele, the school’s spokesperson, insisted that had Ofsted spent more time at the school, it would had have noticed that the school taught “different perspectives”.
They do look at the evolutionary theory but they also cover the design aspect as well. We’d say actually the students have a broader education regarding origins.
The school’s next thing to do would be to create an action plan to meet those standards. It doesn’t mean the school will be changing the curriculum; they will still be able to teach science from a design perspective. They will need to make it clear where they are bringing other perspectives in.
One assumes he is referring to “intelligent design” which is as a distant from real science as as butter is from Flora.
Ofsted, however, did praise the school of 25 pupils for having “excellent spiritual awareness”, a rather curious observation from an official education body. Anyway, it pleased Steele who said it was a great encouragement for the school.
It’s a Christian school and it’s a school that seeks to make Jesus the centre of all the learning. To be affirmed that the school is meeting those aims is clearly very positive.
In another disturbing report today UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds, a Catholic, said he would lift the rule forcing religious schools to allocate 50 per cent of places to pupils who do not share the belief systems they espouse.
This would allow schools to select pupils entirely on the basis of religion, arguably advocating closed religious communities within education.
Humanists UK, which has led a campaign against plans to drop the the existing 50 percent cap on religious admissions, said removing the rule could lead to religious and ethnic discrimination and risk separating children along socio-economic lines.
Richy Thomson, Director of Public Affairs and Policy at Humanists UK said:
The 50 per cent cap on faith-school admissions has worked successfully to reduce social, ethnic and religious segregation within state schools. To abolish it because one religious group claims it breaks its own laws would be misguided in its motivations and a disaster in its outcome.
Segregated schools lead to a segregated society … If our schools aren’t inclusive, how can we expect our society to be?
Hat tip: Angela_K (Hinds report)