Not Saussure

October 11, 2006

Falling standards in science teaching

Filed under: Education, UK — notsaussure @ 10:37 pm

The Telegraph reports that

A new science GCSE which replaces traditional chemistry, physics and biology with topics in the news has been criticised for failing to teach students the fundamentals.

The Twenty-First Century Science GCSE introduced last month, which includes discussions of issues like organic farming and the uses of cannabis, is being taken by students at a third of the country’s secondary schools.

In a new report published today by the Institute of Ideas think tank, industry leaders have criticised the course as being “more suitable for the pub than the schoolroom”.

The alarming thing is that, even before this syllabus was launched, according to Truth In Science,

In an Ipsos MORI Poll carried out in January 2006 for BBC Horizon , 41% of the respondents thought that Intelligent Design Theory should be taught in school science classes, and 44% believed that Creationism Theory should be taught. An Opinionpanel Research Survey in July 2006 found that 30% of University Students in the UK believe in creation or intelligent design.

More alarming still is that this ironically named organisation think this state of affairs is a good thing.


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