Cars & Creationism in the U.K.!
- Critics attack plan for Christian academies
By Jonathan Guthrie
Published: July 2 2005
Bob Edmiston, a multi-millionaire car dealer, plans to set up two
"Christian ethos" academies in the West Midlands, largely funded by the
state, where creationism would be taught alongside evolution in science
One is being built and Mr Edmiston applied this week to build a second.
Such initiatives are unpopular with proponents of secular education, who
say the city academies initiative, under which wealthy donors can have a
say in a curriculum, is being exploited for doctrinaire purposes.
In October, protesters derailed plans for a £22m academy in Doncaster
by Sir Peter Vardy, the multimillionaire car dealer and evangelical
Christian, where creationism would have been taught.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, a teaching union, said: "By
becoming an academy sponsor you have an opportunity to promulgate a
narrow, fundamentalist and . . . repressive religious standpoint."
Mr Edmiston, who donated £10m of his profits of £18m to charity last
year, is abroad but Steve Chase, project manager for the academies,
defended the initiative. "He wants Christian values [in these schools]
because that is
his personal experience and faith. Those principles are the basis of a
Mr Chase said the emphasis would be on entrepreneurship and business.
he said: "Creationism would be mentioned in science along with other
versions of the creation of the world, including evolution."
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