One in three Brit teachers believes creationism should be at par with evolution

November 7th, 2008 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 7 (ANI): One in three Brit teachers believes that the theories of creationism and intelligent design should be given the same status as evolution in the classroom, according to a new survey.

According to the survey of 1,200 teachers, 53 per cent thought that creationism should not be taught in science lessons, while 29 per cent thought it should, reports Timesonline.

However, 88 per cent said that if students raised the issue in a science lesson, they should be allowed to discuss it.

Creationism is based on a literal interpretation of scripture as an explanation for the origins of life.

Intelligent design is a more modern version, which says that life is so complex it cannot be explained solely by evolution.

According to National curriculum guidelines, creationism has no place in science lessons.

Last year, Professor Michael Reiss, a biologist and Royal Society director of education, provoked a furore by calling for creationism to be treated in science lessons as a legitimate ”world-view”. (ANI)

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