British priest scientist says teach pupils creationism. No. Reiss says science teachers should be prepared to discuss creationism if it comes up genuinely in class (subtle crucial difference)September 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
The education director at the Royal Society says science teachers should treat creationism as legitimate
Oh dear. Scientific and religious views are getting so muddled up these days … along with political ideologies. No wonder people are confused.
Look at this quote from today’s article in The Times:
Professor Reiss used to be evangelical about promoting the theory of evolution when he taught biology in schools but eventually decided his approach turned some pupils away from science.
How can one be evangelical teaching science? Presumably in the sense of being ardent, and perhaps it’s the extreme intensity of this approach that may turn people away—from anything.
Update: You can listen to this (Friday) morning’s interview on the BBC Radio 4 TODAY programme here, introduced thus:
Creationism should be discussed in science lessons, according to the professor in charge of education at the Royal Society. He says that with more children coming into class who do not accept the scientific version of the history of the universe, creationism should not be treated as taboo. Professor Michael Reiss, of the Royal Society, and Dr Simon Underdown, of Oxford Brookes University, discuss whether creationism has a place in the science classroom.