Friday, April 27, 2007
On the seventh day...
It was first broken by Arsembly and then picked up on the blogosphere and in the media. I only heard about it at 1pm when Ciaran Jenkins interviewed me for ITV Wales on the subject. Alun Pugh, who was there remembers it clearly.The Tories have been denying that the remarks attributed to Mr Millar were in fact said by him. Their version of events is that he had merely pointed out that some religious texts called homosexuality a sin, like other things, such as gossip. (So that is the blogsphere damned to hell for eternity then.)
On the creationist issue, however, their officials said he had told the meeting that faith schools should have the flexibility to include creationism in the curriculum.
Mr Millar said: "I made it clear last night that I do not believe that anybody should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, and it would be untrue to suggest that I said anything to the contrary.
"I did not say that creationism should be taught in all Welsh schools.
"However, I do fully support the rights of school governors, parents, and teachers, to have flexibility in their curriculum. This should be a matter for them and not for politicians.
This amounts to much the same thing however and is still utter nonsense. Faith schools, many of which will be non-Christian, still have to teach the national curriculum. The idea that parents or school governors should be able to determine what is scientific fact and what is not in terms of what is taught to children is dangerous and irresponsible. Even when we look at the Tories version of events it is clear that they are fielding a candidate who is out of step with the vast majority of voters and even his own party. The Tory leadership should disown this man.
Update: A comment correctly identifies Vaughan Roderick as first with the news.
What's the policy principle here? You wouldn't, I suppose, try to stop a parent teaching Creationism to a child. So if this were private education, would it be ok to teach Creationism?
By the way just because a school is private or a faith school does not mean that they can teach what they like. They have to deliver the national curriculum the same as any other school and they are subject to the same inspections as other schools.
Suggesting that kids can be taught evolution in Biology and creationism in RE accepts Stephwn Jay Gould's rather pompous 'non-overlapping magesteria' and it's nonsense.
On the point of private education - I know the current facts but what is the rationale?
And we all know that school inspections are worth next to nothing. Take the King Fahd Academy, using textbooks which describe Jews as "apes" and Christians as "pigs". Inspected by Ofsted? Oh yes indeed.
And describing what is the case isn't an argument for what ought to be the case.
What's the principle?
Creationism is already taught is several UK schools. You're wrong.
Hope that clears things up for you.