From the BBC News London, we learn that a Jewish girls’ school in London has removed questions about evolution from exams.
A Jewish girls school in Hackney has been redacting questions on evolution on science exam papers because they do not fit in with their beliefs.
Fifty-two papers were altered by Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School to remove questions on evolution.
The examinations body, OCR, says it was satisfied that the girls did not have an unfair advantage. It now plans to allow the practice, saying it has come to an agreement with the school to protect the future integrity of the exams.
But Stephen Evans from the National Secular Society said children were being penalised by being denied access to marks on those papers.
The Department of Education meanwhile has asked for assurances that the children will be taught the full curriculum.
There’s a video at the site, but I can’t embed it. Although the practice doesn’t appear to be illegal right now, it surely will when a nationally standardized science curriculum is instituted this fall.
It’s time for Britain to get rid of its state-supported faith schools. Given that parents can (unfortunately) legally proselytize their children at home, there is no justification for publicly supporting religious education outside the home. Really, my British readers, why do you tolerate this? After all, you’re supposed to be more enlightened, and less marinated in faith, than us Americans. Yes, I know you have no First Amendment, but you didn’t have to pass laws allowing such schools!