NSS backs campaign against creationism in schools

The NSS has backed the launch of the CrISIS Campaign - Creationism In Schools Isn't Science.

The campaign was started by Laura Horner, a parent of pupils of St Peter's state secondary school in Exeter after a creationist was introduced to the children as a scientist and allowed to “teach” for an hour and a half.

When challenged by Mrs Horner, the school insisted that it had done nothing wrong within the current guidelines, despite presenting creationism on equal terms with scientific evidence.

The Department of Education guidance on the teaching of creationism is clearly not working and the CrISIS campaign is calling for the Department for Education to tighten up the national guidelines.

NSS Senior Campaigns Officer Tessa Kendall said, “State-funded schools must not sell children short by allowing beliefs to be promoted as ‘facts’ of equal value with scientific evidence. It should be made clear that science is not an ‘alternative’ and that there are not other ‘truths’ of equal value. Believers who dismiss evolution as ‘just a theory’ don’t know the difference between a theory and a hypothesis.”

CrISIS have written an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove signed by both eminent scientists and theologians, as well as the British Centre for Science Education (BCSE), religious think tank Ekklesia and the NSS.

An online petition has been launched and can be signed here