Creationist theory 'is not a biology lesson'

27th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch MPs are moving to scrap the teaching of Creationism in high school biology lessons.

27 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch MPs are moving to scrap the teaching of Creationism in high school biology lessons.

Presently, it is compulsory to teach the theory God created the universe alongside the Theory of Evolution to biology students at VWO pre-university high schools and HAVO senior general secondary schools.

The lessons about the creation are posed as an alternative opinion to teachings on the theory of evolution and abiogenesis or 'spontaneous generation'.

Education specialists with the Liberal VVD, Labour PvdA, green-left GroenLinks and Socialist SP believe that creationist theory should only be taught in religious classes or social studies, newspaper 'De Volkskrant' reported on Friday.

The Dutch Institute for Biology (NIBI) — which most biology teachers are members of — also wants to scrap the creationist theory from biology lessons. Director Leen van den Oever said it costs precious lesson time.

The issue entered public discourse after Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven was quoted on 21 May saying she wanted to organise a debate about evolution and creation because the theory of evolution was "incomplete".

Van der Hoeven stressed in a parliamentary debate on Tuesday that the various theories about creation should remain part of biology lessons.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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