Creation banned in Christian school science classes, according to the Policies of the NonGovernment Schools Registration Board applicable to the registration and review of Nongovernment schools 2009/2010 of South Australia. Section B4 states: “The board requires the teaching of Science as an empirical discipline, focussing on inquiry, hypothesis, investigation, experimentation, observation and evidential analysis. The Board does not accept as satisfactory a science curriculum in a non-Government school which is based on, espouses or reflects the literal interpretation of a religious text in its treatment of creationism or intelligent design.”
Editorial comment: It is interesting to note the use of the phrase “Religious Text” which means the South Australian Government is definitely targeting Muslims, Jews and Christians. “Religious Text” also means Australian Aboriginal myths about origins are, therefore, not excluded as they are oral, and a visit to any school in Australia (Public or Private) reveals teachers who are forced to tell Aboriginal dreamtime stories to students. Evolution has thus become one more pagan myth that teachers are forced to teach as science.
We are all in favour of “inquiry, hypothesis, investigation, experimentation, observation and evidential analysis”. However, like all human activities, science is not done in a mental vacuum. Evidence is interpreted according to a world view. This is especially true for evidence relating to origins, as the past cannot be directly observed. The South Australian government is only allowing a one world view – atheistic evolution. By banning any reference to other world views they are banning a proper understanding of the nature of science and its place in human learning, and we predict the quality of science education and research will continue to decline as a result. (Ref. Philosophy, religion, atheism, education)
Evidence News 24 Mar 2010