Government petition against creationism in UK schools.

I would appreciate your support to raise awareness about  this petition to the US government about discouraging creationism in UK schools and forcing all schools to teach evolution as part of science.

To sign the petition you have to be a UK citizen or resident, so if you are or know of any, please sign it or make them aware of it, respectively.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1617

Creationism is getting to be a bigger and bigger problem in UK education. Whilst the US evangelical movement haven't managed to export it here very effectively, please just note that a very large portion of the Muslim world, including Muslim schools in the UK, believe and teach creationism. It's an educational tragedy. I'm a PhD in chemistry and I've met people all the way across the system, from school kids to graduate students to postdocs to university professors who advocate creationism. They are in the minority by a long mile, but the problem is not negligible.

Those of you who are interested in learning more might be interested in this short clip of Richard Dawkins interviewing school children from a Muslim school in the UK and how it affects their understanding of science. (This in a school that supposedly does teach evolution, the problem being that they are made to understand that the Koran trumps anything science has to say.)

This is only an excerpt from the whole documentary, the first part of which can be watched here. (It was aired on British TV a year ago.) Thanks for your support.

 

 

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Tags: biology, creationism, dawkins, design, education, evolution, intelligent, richard, schools

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on August 18, 2011 at 6:23pm

We've had a few Muslims through here beaming with excitement that the Koran is scientifically sound so we should all jump in the bandwagon.  I had no idea the UK allowed this crap to be taught as part of an educational curriculum.  I'm in Canada, but I will certainly let all Brits that I know hear about this.

Comment by Luke Scientiae on August 18, 2011 at 6:38pm

Thanks. I appreciate it.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 18, 2011 at 9:30pm

Signed with my London address and passed on to other people to sign.

Comment by Luke Scientiae on August 18, 2011 at 9:38pm

Wonderful stuff! Keep up the good fight!

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