In today’s news:

Religion forces science teacher to quit

A science teacher at an upmarket Cape Town school has found herself at odds with senior staff over her desire to teach evolution in science lessons. She said that the teachers in the school’s science department were mainly Christian and that she was reprimanded over teaching the scientific concept.

“We’re talking about the head of biology, we’re talking about the longest standing member [of staff] who’s been there for more than 25 years and we’re talking about the most recent member who was trained in a Biology area.”
“What he actively does in class is he poo poos the idea [of evolution], he makes kids laugh at the idea of the age of the Earth as proposed by scientists currently. He poo poos the fossil record, he gives what he believes is counter evidence to carbon dating,” she said.

For starters, I’ve noted that there’s an awful lot of poo pooing going on at this school. And that should immediately raise some red flags.
But, that aside, I have no issue with people choosing to send their kids to a school which teaches along the lines of certain beliefs. That, as the expression goes, is their indaba. You want your kids to learn nonsense, send them to a school that teaches nonsense. Give them what you consider to be a good start in life and then let’s all sit back and see how they get on with their tertiary education and future career in the real world.
But this situation is slightly different, as this school has a Science Department. And if you have a Science Department in your school, surely it should really follow that they teach… er… “scientific concepts” like evolution and carbon dating.


Religion is all well and good (well, actually not in my opinion, but there are apparently some people who like it), but then this ex-teacher continues to tell us about the Muslim Biology teacher who refused to teach evolution. And the most laughable of all:

I met a Christian Geography teacher who refused to teach plate tectonics.

If you choose to believe that plate tectonics is not real or if you choose to believe that Creationism is where we all came from, then – simply – don’t take a job like a Geography teacher or Science teacher, that involves you having to fight those concepts each and every day. Want to tell the kids about Adam and Eve or how God creates earthquakes and tsunamis? Well then, rather express your views by teaching Religious Education and leave the Science and the Geography to those who understand Science and Geography.

Equally, it seems to me that the teacher who quit should maybe choose her place of employment more carefully, as she seems to have crashed and indeed burned, again:

“I’m constantly on the defensive. In fact, my life has got even more interesting now because I’ve joined a school that’s a cult. They believe that their leader has insight and he believes that the entire solar system was created for human beings, and that animals and plants are the rejected parts of what would’ve been the human body that don’t belong, and the last thing to be rejected was bacteria.
And don’t bother that the fossil record goes the other way round because he had these insights through his spiritual and meditative journeys. So now I find myself out of the frying pan into the fire.”

Good plan. Well done.

Anyway, this should also serve as a wake up call to those of us who have kids at schools with a religious foundation. Do you know what your child is being taught in their “Science” lessons?

UPDATE: As per Jacques’ comment below, it looks like Emperor of the Western Cape, Helen Zille is onto this after being alerted by a very rude man on twitter.

7 thoughts on “ARGH!

  1. I would advise you to watch some Kent Hovind. Will quickly debunk the theory of macro evolution.

    Some useful info here:

    There are also documented evidence of the flaws in carbon dating:

    If the scientific dating system and theory is disproved and flawed then how can anything else be believed?

    I would love to live in a world where science could include the idea that we were created by God.

  2. Sid Brighton > Thank goodness for Kent, a man of God and fine upstanding member of the community who has only 58 federal counts against him, including failing to pay $473,818 in employee-related taxes and making threats against investigators.

    The debtor apparently maintains that as a minister of God, everything he owns belongs to God and he is not subject to paying taxes to the United States on money he receives for doing God’s work

    Anyway, the matter in hand, as Kent says:

    Noah’s family and two of every “kind” of animal (including young dinosaurs) safely boarded the Ark before a 300 °F (184 °C) ice meteor came flying toward the Earth and broke up in space. Some of the meteor fragments became rings and others caused the impact craters on the moon and some of the planets. The remaining ice fragments fell to the North and South Poles of the Earth, concentrated towards those regions by the Earth’s magnetic field.

    Which is obviously far more believable than anything that us scientists have to offer.

    But look – you’re arguing up the wrong tree here. I’m not saying that you can’t have your beliefs. I’m saying that those should be taught in RE classes, not in Science classes. If you are going to teach kids Science, then teach them “scientific concepts”. That’s what Science is.

  3. Leaving aside the oddity of finding a Hovind supporter on a (usually) sensible website, another thing about this story that’s argh-ish (to a far, far, lesser degree) is that the article itself says nothing about the teacher “quitting”. In more positive news, the Premier is keen to resolve this blatant contravention of the National Policy on Education – now we just need to find out which school this is…

  4. Jacques > Thanks for the heads up on HZ. Updated accordingly.
    It does say that she has since left the school. Presumably, if she was sacked, we’d have heard more about this, no?

    P.S. Bless. You called 6000 miles… “usually sensible”.

  5. The two links provided above by Sid are the typical nonsence where quotes are taken out of place and some items ignored.

    The fist one has quotes from Charles Darwin about the formation of the eye, but in all the creationist arguments they ignore the next paragraphs where he goes on to provide a possible explanation. As for the radiometric dating, the author of that article simply goes off in a tangent and ignores how the process works.

    The and YouTuber AronRa have rebuted many of these arguments.

  6. Erk. I don’t want to have children, just to protect potential future spawn from this madness. Who becomes a Biology teacher if you don’t accept the principles of Biology?

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