Scientists win place for evolution in primary schools

Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 13:56 in Psychology & Sociology

The government is ready to put evolution on the primary curriculum for the first time after years of lobbying by senior scientists.The schools minister, Diana Johnson, has confirmed the plans will be included in a blueprint for a new curriculum to be published in the next few weeks.It follows a letter signed by scientists and science educators calling on the government to make the change after draft versions of the new curriculum failed to mention evolution explicitly.The open letter sent in July to Ed Balls, the children's secretary, was signed by 25 leading figures from science and education, who urged the government to rewrite the curriculum before it was finalised.Among the signatories were the Oxford University evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, three Nobel laureates and Reverend Professor Michael Reiss, the professor of science education at the Institute of Education in London.The letter expressed alarm that the theory of evolution through natural...

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