150 Years On: Widespread Creationism in Britain
On Thursday February 12, the enlightened will celebrate Darwin’s 200th Birthday and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection. Yet ignorance still persists in Darwin’s country on the other side of the Atlantic regarding acceptance of the theory of evolution.
An article in the UK Daily Telegraph reveals that a recent survey showed that 32% agreed that the world was only 10,000 years old, 8% did not know and an enlightened 60% disagreed. In the article, Richard Dawkins said that the findings confirmed that much of the population was “pig-ignorant” about science. Some may snort at that kind of retort, but another report by the UK Guardian vindicates Dawkins’ harsh remark.
Widespread creationism indicates a lack of scientific knowledge and is a failure of the educational system to teach the sciences and how to teach people to think scientifically. In December, an article in the UK Guardian, Darwin and creationism do not belong in the same classroom, reported that 29% of British primary and secondary school science teachers agree that it is valid to teach creationism alongside evolutionary science and the big bang.
By placing equal credence to faith versus scientific “theories” we deny children an education. Established religion and politically correct agendas have no place in science education. Teach children how to think rather than what to think.