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Primary science and evolution

Postby cathy » Mon May 11, 2015 5:41 pm

From Fridays TES. Concerns about evolution. Mainly about how non specialists will teach it.

Not sure what the issue with religion is tho?

https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11007193
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Re: Primary science and evolution

Postby Brian Jordan » Wed May 13, 2015 2:54 pm

If teachers panic, it's likely to be because of scaremongering and decidedly unhelpful articles like this. Where is the list of useful links and reading lists to relieve their uncertainty about evolution/ Where is the discussion pointing out that only a few extreme Christians dismiss evolution and that prior to the recent rise of Iamism most islamic authorities were OK with evolution of animals and plants?
Still, I'm coming late to this discussion - I see the only TES comment, from Paul Braterman, has already shot it down in flames. :D
perhaps more devastating still is Dr Billingsley's position as Principle Investigator for the Faraday Society's CASAR project. I always thought Templeton far from impartial. now it's clear.
https://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Biography.php?ID=197
Incidentally, do people remember the Exeter CrISIS campaign we were involved in with Laura? i see that Dr Billingsley came out as at least pretty wishy-washy back then,
http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/Creationism_In_Schools_Isnt_Science__Part_2/43749/p1/
Still, I mustn't be unfair: I should point out that Answers in Genesis considered her f=rar worse than wishy-washy as long ago as 2012!
https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/in-schools/government-funding-in-the-uk-means-an-evolutionary-education/
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Re: Primary science and evolution

Postby cathy » Wed May 13, 2015 7:08 pm

I can't help feeling that Berry (who calls their child Berry, well apart for consciously uncoupled Gwynnie and Chris) Billingsly is trying to drum up trade for her laser project.

I notice that the teacher comment, carefully selected from a catholic primary, was panicking because it's a totally new topic for non specialists to teach not because of conflicts with religion. And it will be a new and they seem keen to get it right. Most faith schools don't see the conflict and I'm sure most kids won't UNLESS their parents have primed them.

Apropos of nothing but the head teacher of my second daughters catholic school has retired. Four applicants made it to interview. Three of them Catholic one not. Guess who got the job? The non Catholic. Best candidate therefore he got it. BHA won't be pleased with that but it's evidence that the old style faith schools are interested in education first a be foremost.
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