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Chris Hyland



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,09:36   

In response to the creationist DVDs being sent to schools in the UK a government petition has been started to oppose their inclusion in science class. If you are from the UK or have friends there the petition is up at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/NoCreSciEd/. Thanks

  
Stephen Elliott



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,09:47   

I have signed it. Will have to wait until I get home to confirm it.

  
Alan Fox



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,10:41   

Beat you, Stephen! :p

  
Stephen Elliott



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,11:23   

Quote (Alan Fox @ Dec. 03 2006,10:41)
Beat you, Stephen! :p

The He11 you did! My name is higher, na na, na, na na!
:p

  
Mark Frank



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,13:53   

I signed it - because pragmatically "Truth in Science" should be resisted - but the wording is not ideal. I have no objection to this material being used in philosophy classes or a number of others such as media studies. I only object to it being taught as science.

  
Chris Hyland



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 03 2006,14:41   

We realised that just after we posted it and we agree it could have been better worded. If you read the description it makes it clear we are specifically talking about science class.

  
MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 04 2006,07:48   

Signed it

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If I fly the coop some time
And take nothing but a grip
With the few good books that really count
It's a necessary trip

I'll be gone with the girl in the gold silk jacket
The girl with the pearl-driller's hands

  
Stephen Elliott



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(Permalink) Posted: June 23 2007,06:01   

Just gotten a reply from number 10.
Here it is:
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The Government is aware that a number of concerns have been raised in the media and elsewhere as to whether creationism and intelligent design have a place in science lessons. The Government is clear that creationism and intelligent design are not part of the science National Curriculum programmes of study and should not be taught as science. The science programmes of study set out the legal requirements of the science National Curriculum. They focus on the nature of science as a subject discipline, including what constitutes scientific evidence and how this is established. Students learn about scientific theories as established bodies of scientific knowledge with extensive supporting evidence, and how evidence can form the basis for experimentation to test hypotheses. In this context, the Government would expect teachers to answer pupils' questions about creationism, intelligent design, and other religious beliefs within this scientific framework.
 
My Bolding. :D

  
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