We are living in the 21st century, but at least one-fourth of science teachers in British schools are still interested in teaching medieval ideas about the origin of the world. An Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers revealed 29% agreed with the statement: “Along side the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons.” Professor Richard Dawkins, among the leading scientific theorists, termed the findings “a national disgrace.” Actually, teachers who want to teach creationism also disagree with educational guidelines concerning the teaching of science. Many teachers appear to support the ideas of Professor Michael Reiss who believes teachers should “discuss” creationism because many students believe in it and their feelings should be respected. According to Reiss, “just because something lacks scientific support doesn’t seem to me a sufficient reason to omit it from a science lesson.”
Professor Reiss is undoubtedly a sincere individual who is concerned with the feelings of children. However, according to his views on teaching, the “flat Earth” theory should be “discussed” in classes along with exploring ideas about witches and goblins and so on. Of course, Nazi science also had its views about evolution and human existence, does the good professor advocate “discussing” Nazi science? After all, there are neo-Nazi groups who believe in the science of Nazism.