In Australia, Creationism Could Slip into Science Classes

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The draft national curriculum does not prohibit the teaching of creationism in schools, raising questions about whether this will open the door to its promotion as a science in classrooms.

The NSW Board of Studies has explicitly ruled out the teaching of creation theory from the Bible as a science, however it allows the teaching of spiritual perspectives on creation in science classes, as long as they are not dressed up as scientific or used to substitute any curriculum content, such as the teaching of evolution.

Greens MP John Kaye said he did not oppose discussion of Aboriginal Dreamtime or Christian explanations of the world’s origins in science classrooms, as long as they were presented as non-scientific beliefs.

However, while the NSW curriculum explicitly required schools to present and ”discuss evidence that present-day organisms have evolved from organisms in the distant past” and to ”relate natural selection to the theory of evolution”, the draft national curriculum ”was remarkably silent on the connection between natural selection and the evolution of ancient species into modern forms”.

“[The state curriculum] leaves open no wriggle room to slip in religiously based views on the origin of species as science,” Dr Kaye said.

[Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald]

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  • dumbsaint

    Seems like a bit of a non issue. No one's really going in to bat on creationism's side. At worse it will be used as an example of non-scientific thought sounds like.

    There's no real visible sect of Aussies pushing a literal interpretation of Genesis that I've encountered. Hell, I went to a catholic school down here and was taught evolution.

    • Hadrian999

      the catholic church seems to not go in for literalism,
      best creationism vs evolution debate i ever saw was some evangelical “DR” debating
      the head of the vatican observatory , the evangelical got shredded.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get caught out psychology and philosophy are sciences. As such you can teach creationism as part of the science of psychology for the analysis of mass psychosis and delusional thinking within the United States of America. In philosophy it can obviously be reviewed for illogical thinking as well as for ethical practices in attempting to force beliefs upon others. There is even political science and how distorted beliefs are used to corrupt democratic principles. Of course Australian educators had to be polite and not come right out and say, creationism and study of stupidity and corruption in the US. As for metaphysics, that is reserved for higher education and hypothetical understandings.

  • rtb61

    Don't get caught out psychology and philosophy are sciences. As such you can teach creationism as part of the science of psychology for the analysis of mass psychosis and delusional thinking within the United States of America. In philosophy it can obviously be reviewed for illogical thinking as well as for ethical practices in attempting to force beliefs upon others. There is even political science and how distorted beliefs are used to corrupt democratic principles. Of course Australian educators had to be polite and not come right out and say, creationism and study of stupidity and corruption in the US. As for metaphysics, that is reserved for higher education and hypothetical understandings.

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