Evolution to be compulsory subject in primary schools
Times Online UK (Link) - Greg Hurst (November 20, 2009)
Evolution is to become a compulsory subject for study in all state primary schools. The Government announced yesterday that Darwin�s theory of how life evolved through natural selection would be a legal requirement in science teaching from September 2011, although it will be left to schools to decide how this is done.
The move, which was welcomed by scientists, comes despite a drive to slim down the national curriculum for primary schools and leave teachers greater discretion over what to teach.
British history will also become, for the first time, an explicit part of the curriculum that primary schools must teach, although it makes no reference to which kings, battles, periods or events should be taught.
Church and other faith schools within the state system will have to educate their pupils about the theory of evolution, although officials said it could be taught in a context that reflected a school�s ethos, in a similar way to compulsory sex education for children aged under 15.
�You could do that within the ethos of the school. If as a school, in consultation with governors and parents, you have a particular take on that, you would still be able to do that,� said a spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The change, included in legislation introduced in the Commons yesterday, follows a review of the curriculum for primary schools published earlier this year by Sir Jim Rose.
A consultation on his proposals to loosen the number of formal topics taught in primary schools prompted calls for the curriculum explicitly to include evolution. More than 500 scientists and supporters signed an e-petition to Downing Street.
The new curriculum is to include a requirement �to investigate and explain how plants and animals are �interdependent� and are diverse and adapted to their environment by natural selection�.
The age at which children must be taught about evolution is not specified; it must be included in science lessons �in the later stage of the primary education�.
The Royal Society applauded the decision and said that it would send booklets to all teacher-training colleges with information and advice.
Professor Sir Martin Taylor, its vice-president, said: �We are delighted to see evolution explicitly included in the primary curriculum. One of the most remarkable achievements of science over the past 200 years has been to show how humans and organisms on the Earth arose through evolution.�
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�We have simply failed to realize the deep-rooted nature of the doctrine of evolution. And so we left wide open the door of our own children�s minds to an easy acceptance of evolution as truth�and a consequent rejection of fundamental Christianity. � I repeat, that EVOLUTION IS SATAN�S MOST POWERFUL MODERN WEAPON . It is Christianity�s greatest enemy.� | Tomorrow�s World, October 1969