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Three Developments in British Education

  1. On 10th January, the Government stopped the so-called Free Schools from teaching creationism as science.

  2. But on 16th January they failed to make the same change for Academies. This is odd, because the difference between Free Schools and Academies is pretty nebulous. Possibly a case of right hand not knowing what left hand is doing.

  3. Now, today, they have announced that evolution is to be added to the National Curriculum for Primary Schools. This last news is especially welcome. I have long felt that evolution is much too important to be left until secondary school, and also that it is easy enough for younger children to understand. This welcome change is an encouraging response to strenuous lobbying – encouraging because it suggests that this government, contrary to expectation, is prepared to listen.