"The Controversy" is heating up in the UK
Science teaching materials deemed "not appropriate" by the government should be allowed in class, Education Secretary Alan Johnson has been urged.
Chemistry teacher at Liverpool's Blue Coat School, Nick Cowan, says the packs promoting intelligent design are useful in debating Darwinist evolution.
Education officials insist intelligent design is not recognised as science.
It argues that evolution cannot explain some things so the universe must have had an intelligent creator.
The packs were sent out to 5,000 secondary schools by a group of academics and clerics known as Truth in Science.
The Truth in Science lesson plan pack is available online.
The Truth in Science pack is also discussed in an article in the Guardian Unlimited. As usual, I think that there is too much emphasis on intelligent design at the expense of other scientific (pseudoscientific to some) criticisms of evolution theory. In particular, I wish that my pet subject of co-evolution were getting more attention -- it is now almost completely ignored.
More discussion is on the Pharyngula and Red State Rabble blogs.
An organization founded by Darwinist Richard Dawkins is also planning to send promotional literature to UK schools. Answers-in-Genesis-UK says that it "does not send unsolicited literature to schools."
For more of my articles on the controversy in the UK, just scroll to the very top of the blog screen and enter "UK" in the search window in the top border.
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