Creationism question in 'misleading' science GCSE
By GRAEME PATON, EDUCATION EDITOR - TELEGRAPH.CO.UK
Added: Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thousands of teenagers sitting a test last month were required to outline how the controversial theory is used to explain the origins of life.
They were asked to place the strict Biblical theory alongside Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
The move - in a GCSE prepared by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance - was criticised by experts who said they were "dismayed".
Last night, AQA admitted it was "misleading" and insisted similar questions would not be included in future tests.
James Williams, lecturer in education at Sussex University, has already complained directly to Ofqual, the exams watchdog, and Ed Balls, the Education Secretary, over the exam.
The disclosure threatens to reignite the row over the teaching of creationism in state schools.
Last year, Prof Michael Reiss quit as director of education at the Royal Society after scientists attacked his suggestion that it should be tackled in biology lessons. Earlier, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, insisted it had no place in school science.
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