Saturday, April 08, 2006

Creationism Rattles Teachers

A recent posting on the BBC news page on Education noted that some NUT delegates want the teaching of creationism or intelligent design as a valid alternative to evolution to be outlawed. The BBC news item reported that the "NUT leader says
There is "enormous concern" among teachers and parents at the influence of some religious "fundamentalists" on education, a union leader says." It is difficult to ascertain who exactly the NUT are having a go at - but it seems suspiciously like their sights are set on the likes of Christian millionaire Sir Peter Vardy academies.
Mr. Sinnott went on to voice his concerns about the school sponsors, "because they have millions of pounds they wish to spend on education" - could "present to youngsters in the classroom their prejudice and their narrow views on religion".
How wonderful of Mr. Sinnott that he has everything sussed. Can he not see how narrow his own views are in expressing such concerns?
The BBC article reports the activities of Mr. Vardy's academy in the following way,"It has been claimed that schools in the North East backed by Christian millionaire Sir Peter Vardy have been teaching Creationism alongside evolutionary scientific theory." Imagine - teaching creationism - tut, tut,horror of horrors, how terrible, whatever next! Equally it could be claimed that for decades the education system of the UK has been filling the minds of little children with the godless speculation philosophy called Darwinianism.
Delegates at another teachers' conference says the government's policy of having more faith schools "will hinder integration, foster religious divisions and provide fertile ground for religious and ethnic conflicts."
Surely some of these delegates can do a little thinking - for decades the young people of our land have had their heads filled with the nonsense of man coming swinging from the trees. Pardon me, pity my simplicity if you like but such education doesn't seem to have fostered integration of the ethnic variety that we are privileged to have throughout our nation.
Only the teaching of the Word of God will educate our children as to who they are as human beings - so very very special, no matter what their colour our ethnic origin - all with the image of God still stamped on their lives. It is the Bible faithfully taught that will teach a rising generation that the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ makes true unity amongst diversity.

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everythoughtcaptive said...
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In response to this article I would observe that the NUT is only doing what is consistent with their secular Worldview. They have denied the true LORD and therefore Creator of Mankind and must replace Him with the speculative philosophy, Humanism. As the Humanist Manifesto wrote in 1930 "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday school, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children , do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teachings?" Writing in 'The Humanist’ magazine John Dunphy a well quoted figure in the humanist movement, urged the following "The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classrooms by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytisers of a new faith: a religion of humanity…those teachers must embody the selfsame dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery and the new faith…” I wonder how many Preachers who are called to lead the Flock, have a self-conscious Worldview of their own Faith that demands action rather than narrative, that stops choking on knats and swallowing camels! What is Baptism but a divine institution and a solemn obligation on the part of those involved to ‘bring up the child in the teaching and admonition of the LORD’ or do we ignore Deutronomy 6:4-9. Baptism when not coupled with Covenant nurture becomes an empty and unfaithful institution which is nothing more than a sprinkling with water! The Church fully admits “that for decades the education system of the UK has been filling the minds of little children with the godless speculation philosophy called Darwinianism.” Notwithstanding this knowledge we still continue to send our children into a system which is at war with our Faith. An organization which is publicly funded, openly and professedly agnostic and anti Christian. Would we tolerate a Preacher in our pulpits next week who was a Mormon, or a Jehovah Witness! Why then do we continue to allow the heresy of agnosticism to engulf and destroy the faith of our children To end this I will place some information from T.C Pickney, second Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention , who in a speech in 2001 gave the following statistic: 88% of children from evangelical families stop attending church after graduation from High School! Our only hope for the future is that we will remove Gods Children from the governments, anti-Christian grasp and live up to our responsibilities…NOW

reformedulster said...

David,
Good to read your comments on this.
At present I am thankful to God that as a Biology teacher I am free to tell students that I do not believe that macro-evolution is true.
I can tell them that I trust the biblical account of creation rather than a "rational" theory originating from limited and fallen minds.
Last Autumn, I also was able to host Paul Garner from the Biblical Creation Society, talking to my 6th year class about some of the holes in evolutionary theory and encouraging them to think of the alternatives.
It is also possible to put "spin" on the content of lessons which are not blatanntly about evolutionary processes. For example as a Creationist,I teach the design features of organisms whilst evolutionists will call them "adaptations"

If the teaching of Creationism or more likely Intelligent Design is brought onboard the syllabus as a contrasting theory to evolution then many will welcome it, but I would find it hard to teach the facts of Creationism as mere theory.