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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Anti-Darwinism in the UK

A common urban legend is that anti-Darwinism is a uniquely American phenomenon (and there are doomsday predictions that this anti-Darwinism is going to turn the USA into a "third world" country). Nothing could be further from the truth.

An article in the Guardian Unlimited describes anti-Darwinism in UK schools. This article says,

Most of the next generation of medical and science students could well be creationists, according to a biology teacher at a leading London sixth-form college.* "The vast majority of my students now believe in creationism," she said, "and these are thinking young people who are able and articulate and not at the dim end at all. They have extensive booklets on creationism which they put in my pigeon-hole ..... it's a bit like the southern states of America."

*"Sixth-form colleges" are schools for people in the 16-18 age range. These colleges are described here and here.

My thanks to Answers in Genesis for bringing this article to my attention.

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Blogger Chris Hyland said...

There are fundementalist Christians everywhere, and where there is fundementalist christians there is creationism. The idea that a large number of young scientists in the UK are creationists that is pretty baseless. The only problem we have is that some state schools are being turned over to fundementalist institutions, who are teaching creationsim behind the governments back. In the UK the science curriculum is decided by scientists, so teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution is effectively illegal, and will remain so unless it becomes established science.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:45:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Chris Hyland said --

>>>>>> In the UK the science curriculum is decided by scientists, so teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution is effectively illegal, and will remain so unless it becomes established science. <<<<<<

Actually, because the UK has no constitutional separation of church and state, creationism has been able to make much greater inroads into UK government-supported schools than into US ones. In the UK, many religious schools are very heavily subsidized by the government, something that would be unconstitutional in the USA, and these religious schools are free to teach creationism. In the UK, the sponsors of these religious schools pay just a tiny fraction of the costs and the government pays the rest. I saw one article about creationism in the UK schools that said that US creationists were amazed at the ease with which money buys access to kids in the UK.

Article about creationism in the UK government-supported schools are here and here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:14:00 PM  
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Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Anonymous, do you want me to believe that that was an accident?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:01:00 PM  
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< Anonymous, do you want me to believe that that was an accident? >

Actually, it almost certainly was. If you look closely, you'll notice that all of those posts are separated by either 8 or 9 seconds (which is probably a clue to the blogger website's bug). Some handshaking with that periodicity is broken.

However, I have to wonder what purpose was supposed to have been served by the post? Seems likely nefarious to me.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:22:00 PM  
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I just wanted people to know how to contact you in case they want to get your wisdom directly.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Larry says "The best defense is to be offensive." Did I get that right?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:08:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Farfignugen said...

You can't get me to admit anything.

I will just repeat stories about how much I know about law until they come true.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:07:00 PM  
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Hyland said...

"In the UK, many religious schools are very heavily subsidized by the government, something that would be unconstitutional in the USA, and these religious schools are free to teach creationism."

No they're not, if they are state schools they have to abide by the national curriuculum. Teaching creationism as a scientific alternative is against the national curriculum and therefore illegal. Some schools are teaching creationism, but would suffer heavy penalties if this could be conclusively proved.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Hyland said...

The only 'inroads' creationism has made are in fully private schools and a handful of state scools illegally.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 3:10:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Farfignugen said...

These posts where I appear to be a raving idiot are actually written by my brother Dave just to discredit me.

The whole world is conspiring against me. They are jealous of my superior debating ability.

I am the world's foremost expert on a great number of subjects.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:02:00 AM  

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