Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In All UK Public SchoolsGeorge Dvorsky6/18/14 12:10pmFiled to: social sciencecreationismintelligent designeducationfree schoolsacademiesunited kingdomsciencereligionscience and religion46982EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn what's being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools. AdvertisementThe new clauses, which arrived with very little fanfare last week, state that the......requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.So, if an academy or free school teaches creationism as scientifically valid, it's breaking the funding agreement to provide a "broad and balanced curriculum." AdvertisementIn the UK, state-funded academies are basically equivalent to charter schools in the United States, and are primarily comprised of high schools. Free schools, which were introduced in 2010, are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools which are not controlled by a local authority, but are subject to the School Admissions Code. Free schools make it possible for parents, teachers, charities, and business to set up their own schools. In addition to the new clauses, the UK government clarified the meaning of creationism, reminding everyone that it's a minority view even within the Church of England and the Catholic Church.