A PARENT has called for action to be taken by a school after a teacher allegedly told a science class evolution was “not proven”.
Adrian Smales says he was shocked when his daughter told him the assertion was made during an S3 physics class at Lasswade High School in Midlothian.
During a discussion on the Big Bang – the scientific theory explaining the origins of the universe – pupils were also said to have been told by teacher Leonard Rogers that people must stop putting their faith in things that cannot be proven.
When Smales complained to the school, a response from the headteacher confirmed that Rogers “did state he held strong creationist opinions to [the] class”.
An investigation has been launched. So far the teacher has done nothing to correct the information such as explaining that HIS own view is faith which can not be proven. Science class for this age is meant to teach the accepted science. Is that science currently incorrect? Perhaps but that’s not for the teacher to decide. The laws of physics are pretty well established and won’t be overturned by miracles of supernatural entities anytime soon. Boo on this teacher and I hope he gets the boot. This is a disservice to students who can decide whatever religious belief they choose to follow but science is not decided on faith.
It’s not clear from this piece if the teacher was making claims about the Big Bang theory not being true or evolution not being true. They are two entirely different ideas. One is the origin of the universe, the other is the pattern of life on earth (not its origin).
Tip: Thomas Proffit