In a world with such scientific advances that we are able to use stem cells to reproduce teeth, the ongoing debate between Creationism and Evolution can still be a surprise. However, the United Kingdom has taken measures to clear the classroom of this debate.

 

The United Kingdom has added a new clause to the existing “Academies Act 2010” banning the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools — making it clear that Creationism does not belong in science classes.

 

According to IFL Science, “In what’s being hailed as a secular triumph, these clauses not only require that students at academies be taught evolution, but they also prevent teaching creationism as scientific fact.”

 

The Academies Act made it possible for all schools (such as church schools) to become an academy. Academies, in this case, are maintained by the state but are independently-run schools — with some outside sponsorship. Free schools are set up by parents and independent groups but are funded by the government.

 

Furthermore, the clause goes on to say that Creationism is not a mainstream way of thinking — not by the majority of churches nor in the scientific community.

 

This is not to say, however, that Creationism is barred from school altogether. This can be discussed as ways in which people view the world, or when discussing religion. However, this cannot be represented as valid scientific fact.

 

These new clauses are what are so important to the scientific community. As the ever famous and popular Bill Nye said in a video for Big Think,

“…I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution… that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future… We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

 

What do you think of this new clause for public schools in the UK? Do you agree with the governments decision? What do you think about Creationism? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!