Sunday, 1 May 2011

Times Education Supplement strangely ignorant again

We previously reported on the TES Scotland letting students, teachers and parents know about a web site pushing creationist canards.  TES is apparently under the impression that holding a view sceptical of modern biology is both scientifically justified and part of the National Curriculum.   It is neither.

We pointed out that such a newspaper might consider it a part of their normal professional operations to point out that such materials are specifically deemed unsuitable for use in education by the government teaching guidelines.

We were disappointed to be ignored by the TES.

Now they have gone one better (or worse) here.

This is actually a report from a public discussion at the recent Edinburgh Science Festival although you would be hard pressed to know it.  The chap who is given most prominence in this piece (Alastair Noble) thinks that every word in the bible is true and that science must be subservient to it.  More importantly he was not on the panel at the talk.  He was, in fact, an audience member who spoke for about 30 seconds.

Now the TES gives him top billing.

We need to ask the question as to whether the TES has anyone with any kind of scientific training who can point out just how far they have strayed from modern science and educational standards.

Please go and comment on the story or send your thoughts to the editor of TES Scotland here:

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  1. It's even worse. I note a link to the right of that screen, which takes you to a Word document apparently by Elaine Morgan, which outlines her (in my opinion as a biologist, frankly risible) aquatic ape theory of human evolution.

    What other bizarre beliefs does TES push as science?

  2. The link to the Aquatic Ape tosh is
    (You need to log in to see the document).