Teaching of evolution to become mandatory under new British Primary School curriculum

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Primary school children in England will have to learn about evolution and British history under a shake-up of the national curriculum.

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker says the subjects will be compulsory elements of a new primary school curriculum being introduced in 2011.

Scientists and humanists had lobbied ministers for the inclusion of evolution in the theme-based timetable.

History is already compulsory, but there were fears it would be sidelined.

Schools will not be told which parts of British history to teach.

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Andrew Copson of the BHA said: "This is excellent news. Evolution is arguably the most important concept underlying the life sciences.

"Providing children with an understanding of it an early age will help lay the foundations for a surer scientific understanding later on."

He added: "Public authorities clearly need to do more to tackle the growing threat to the public's understanding of science from creationist-inspired beliefs and other pseudoscience".

Evolution is already taught in secondary schools and many primary schools, but under the curriculum changes, it will become compulsory for primary pupils, with the recommendation that they are taught the subject in their later years at school.

The new curriculum says schools must "investigate and explain how plants and animals are interdependent and are diverse and adapted to their environment by natural selection".

Professor Sir Martin Taylor, vice-president of the Royal Society, said: "We are delighted to see evolution explicitly included in the primary curriculum.

"One of the most remarkable achievements of science over the last two hundred years has been to show how humans and all other organisms on the earth arose through the process of evolution."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8369172.stm

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If Evolution wasn't bullcrap this would be fine.


It's about damned time. Creationism should NEVER be taught in Biology like I've heard happen. Creationism is a BELIEF. Evolution is SCIENCE. They should both be taught by their respective subjects. It is ridiculous that it has taken so long for this to happen.
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That's ridiculous, we can't teach students evolution, what if they deny creationism?!!?

WELL!?!


Sounds awesome though.
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About time that England finally does something right.
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It's about damned time. Creationism should NEVER be taught in Biology like I've heard happen. Creationism is a BELIEF. Creationism is SCIENCE. They should both be taught by their respective subjects. It is ridiculous that it has taken so long for this to happen.


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good to see the brits have it right! i don't understand how creationism is taught in some schools in the US. thats like teaching fairy tales to kids and calling it science. It just goes to show though, america isn't as advanced and smart as they like to think.
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Wasn't it mandatory before? What the ****?

Probably not in Primary schools.
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The problem I see with this though is that very religious teachers will probably teach it as a theory, whereas it should be taught as fact.
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Wasn't it mandatory before? What the ****?


not that i know of (i went to catholic school and they weren't sposed to really teach it as fact or tell you about contraception but the teachers did anyway) but it is basically taught, i do however know of a private academy in Newcastle owned by Reg Verdy that teaches creationism and other obsurdities

it's all well and good sorting out the national curriculum but whilst private schools and academies are allowed to set their own bullsh!t will still be prevelent
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thats like teaching fairy tales to kids and calling it science..


It is teaching fairy tales to kids and calling it science.
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no but it is basically taight, i do however know of a private academy in Newcastle owned by Reg Verdy that teaches creationism and other obsurdities

it's all well and good sorting out the national curriculum but whilst private schools and academies are allowed to set their own bullsh!t will still be prevelent

Can they do that there, as far as I know even private schools here have to teach the national curriculum.
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Can they do that there, as far as I know even private schools here have to teach the national curriculum.


they set their own and have it approved by whatever QUANGO oversees that sort of thing.
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Can they do that there, as far as I know even private schools here have to teach the national curriculum.


Untrue I'm afraid, I went to a private school which didn't.
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Untrue I'm afraid, I went to a private school which didn't.


private or public school?
the system is so very strange that there is actually quite a difference in the two
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Meh, bible=fairytale?

The bible is a piece of merchandise from medieval times, not your lifes guidebook.
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WTF? Why wasn't it already mandatory?

Because it was seen as too complex a topic to bother teaching young children?
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they set their own and have it approved by whatever QUANGO oversees that sort of thing.



Im at private school doing my final year of A levels. The school can only teach their own curriculum for the first three years seeing as GCSEs and A levels are NATIONAL exams and are standardised against every other pupil of that age group in the country. So no, they cant teach whatever the hell they want.

I wish they could though, some of the things we have to learn are ridiculous.
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private or public school?
the system is so very strange that there is actually quite a difference in the two


Kind of alternative .
Technically I think it's private, although since I left it's now state funded and now has to follow some parts of the curriculum.
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How complex is evolution?
"Christianity is bad and were deformed monkeys."
As simple as it gets.
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We're talking about PRIMARY schools, not secondary schools. It's always been taught in secondary schools.

It's not taught in primary schools in the US, either, but I just figured it was because of the US being ultrareligious.
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Im at private school doing my final year of A levels. The school can only teach their own curriculum for the first three years seeing as GCSEs and A levels are NATIONAL exams and are standardised against every other pupil of that age group in the country. So no, they cant teach whatever the hell they want.

I wish they could though, some of the things we have to learn are ridiculous.


again i asked before, is it public of private school? i meant public schools (like Eton or Harrow) and academies- schools sponsered by private individuals or business.
are allowed to teach their own subjects- in teh same way Catholic schools are allowed to teach RE

EDIT:
Kind of alternative . Technically I think it's private, although since I left it's now state funded and now has to follow some parts of the curriculum.


wow that is alternative i've never heard of that before. i believe it falls under the bracket of private, as oppose dto public schools which cost even more to attend
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cool?

over here in New York, even in Catholic Schools, Evolution is taught

i didn't know there were schools that flat out refused to teach it.

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How complex is evolution?
"Christianity is bad and were deformed monkeys."
As simple as it gets.

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good to see the brits have it right! i don't understand how creationism is taught in some schools in the US. thats like teaching fairy tales to kids and calling it science. It just goes to show though, america isn't as advanced and smart as they like to think.

Creationism isn't taught in US public schools.
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again i asked before, is it public of private school? i meant public schools (like Eton or Harrow) and academies- schools sponsered by private individuals or business.
are allowed to teach their own subjects- in teh same way Catholic schools are allowed to teach RE

Its a private school
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It is in Kansas.

From Wiki
"On February 13, 2007, the Kansas State Board of Education approved a new curriculum which removed any reference to Intelligent Design as part of science. In the words of Dr Bill Wagnon, the board chairman, "Today the Kansas Board of Education returned its curriculum standards to mainstream science". The new curriculum, as well as a document outlining the differences with the previous curriculum, has been posted on the Kansas State Department of Education's website."


I don't know if I remember this right but didn't the Supreme Court say that teaching creationism in public schools was unconstitutional?
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Good. No doubt Dawkins just had a bit of a jizzle.

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