Michael Reiss is professor of science education at the Institute of Education, University of London, and was director of education at the Royal Society between 2006 and 2008. In September, Reiss resigned over a public row connected to his views on how to include creationism in science lessons. In comments to the press ahead of a lecture at the British Association Festival of Science in Liverpool on September 11, Reiss restated his view that creationism should be treated not as a misconception by teachers, but as a different "world view" and that it could be discussed in science lessons. In an online comment piece at the time for the Guardian he wrote, "The implication of this is that the most a science teacher can normally hope to achieve is to ensure that students with creationist beliefs understand the scientific position. In the short term, this scientific world view is unlikely...
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