A group of leading UK scientists, including Sir David Attenborough and Professor Richard Dawkins, has come together to campaign for the official exclusion of creationism from science teaching jobs.
Creationism and 'intelligent design' are not directly part of the science curriculum but their discussion is encouraged. The new campaign argues that they have no grounding in science and should be barred from being presented as such.
Evolution does not feature in the national curriculum until GCSE level and the group is calling for it to be introduced at primary level as it sees it as a simple concept essential to the understanding of biology.
Professor Dawkins, the famously atheist author of The God Delusion, said: "We need to stop calling evolution a theory. It is as solidly demonstrated as any fact."
The campaign highlights what it sees as a worrying trend of pro-creationism groups lobbying teachers and schools and presenting creationism as a scientific theory.
A statement on the campaign website reads: "There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly-funded school of whatever type."
An Ipsos Mori poll in 2009 found that over half of UK adults think creationism should be taught alongside evolutionary theory in science lessons, the Guardian reported.
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