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|Quote (Peter Henderson @ Sep. 27 2007,15:27)|
|It's also been raised at the NI assembly by a NI Westminster MP, David Simpson:|
|The row was sparked after DUP MP David Simpson, who is a member of the Free Presbyterian Church, questioned Education Minister Caitriona Ruane on the availability of materials and resources for schools wishing to teach alternative scientific theories to evolution as part of the revised curriculum. |
Mr Simpson also asked for an assurance that pupils who answer GCSE examination questions outlining creationist or intelligent design explanations for the development of life on Earth, will not be marked lower than pupils who give answers with an evolutionist explanation.
Lisburn council voted last night to write to all its grammar and secondary schools encouraging them to teach alternative theories like 'intelligent design'.
The proposal was made by DUP councillor Paul Givan, who is also a member of the Free Presbyterian Church.
More grim news from further down the same article:
|In a statement the Department of Education said the teaching of alternative theories was a matter for schools. |
A spokeswoman said: "The revised curriculum offers scope for schools to explore alternative theories to evolution, which could include creationism, if they so wish."
It sounds like schools will have to teach some science in science classes, but an "equal time for nonsense" approach would be considered OK.
I didn't see anything specifically addressing the question about GCSEs; I hope that means the answer is "no". If wrong answers are acceptable in exams, what's the point of making kids take them?
Math is just a language of reality. Its a waste of time to know it. - Robert Byers
There isn't any probability that the letter d is in the word "mathematics"... Â The correct answer would be "not even 0" - JoeG