Everyday Champions Church : Free School

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A sensible decision from Michael Gove.

The proposed free school which was to be founded on strict biblical literalism, but the school proposers did graciously agree to teach evolution in science ‘as a theory’. Their application for permission to open a free school will not be taken forward.

My concern was that the school would not teach evolution well at all and it would be undermined at each and every point. The integrity of its science teaching would be cast into doubt given that their own characterisation of evolution clearly shows that they do not understand How Science Works.

I will be interested in the reasons provided for not progressing this free school application.

Everyday Champions Church : Free School

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2 thoughts on “Everyday Champions Church : Free School

    David Tyler said:
    November 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    James, you wrote: “My concern was that the school would not teach evolution well at all and it would be undermined at each and every point.” Concerns are not a good foundation on which to base decisions. The school has said it will implement the DfE guidelines, but Michael Gove says he does not believe them. If this approach is adopted, then we don’t need guidelines – we just need decision-makers who ‘know best’. Consider a related but rather different concern: “My concern is that school YYY would not teach evolution well but would link it to a denial of purpose and meaning in the universe, and claim that evolution makes it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” Would Mr Gove be commended for refusing Free School status in such cases? It is a real issue – there are far too many cases of students expecting to learn science in biology lessons but coming out feeling demeaned because their personal worldview conflicts with that of the teacher.

      James said:
      November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

      If a school taught evolution the way you describe I would not be happy with that either. Evolution is not about meaning in life or having an belief or non-belief system, it is just science and should be taught as such.

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