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Jos Gibbons's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by Jos Gibbons

When I took GCSE Biology less than 6 years ago, nothing remotely like this appeared either in the papers we sat nor in any past papers we used for practice & revision. Has a horrid change occurred since then (and under whose government), or is this board specific? I wish I could remember which board we were with, and I wish we knew which board published this rubbish. I cannot believe scientists would have written this. But why is anyone else writing science exam papers? Why does only science suffer like this? Where are the Holocaust-or-not questions in history exams? (Then again, maybe they do exist; I hadn't been aware of these creationism examples before.)

However, I must admit the exams we faced still didn't reach a gold standard when it came to evolution; they almost entirely ignored the topic. Some of the highest scores in GCSE Biology in my school - indeed, this was also true at A-level - went to open Islamic creationist students. Natural selection, described in a way which only explicitly credits microevolution to it, treated as one topic among many was the limit of exams at both levels on the topic of where adaptation comes from.

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:04:34 UTC | #592116