Tsk, tsk, Canada. I know you caught this disease from your southern neighbor, but still…
this is a sorry state of affairs.
The Alberta government has been quietly increasing funding to faith schools — to 100 per cent in the case of “alternative” programs — and allowing creationism to be taught alongside the Alberta curriculum.
Currently, this movement is most visible in the Ontario election campaign where Conservative Leader John Tory has promised a free vote on funding for all faith schools, pointing to Alberta as an example.
In response to a question, Tory said, “You know it’s still called the theory of evolution. But they teach evolution in the Ontario curriculum, but they also could teach the fact to the children that there are other theories that people have out there that are part of some Christian beliefs.” His comments show a dismal lack of scientific literacy.
It sounds like many people are working to correct this deplorable backsliding, but they haven’t gone quite as far as Sweden.
The Swedish government is to crack down on the role religion plays in independent faith schools. The new rules will include a ban on biology teachers teaching creationism or ‘intelligent design’ alongside evolution.
“Pupils must be protected from all forms of fundamentalism,” said Education Minister Jan BjÃ¶rklund to Dagens Nyheter.
Now that is clear, unambiguous, and forceful. Maybe Ben Stein should pay a visit to Sweden sometime.