Published on TIMES online, by Mark Henderson, Sept. 16, 2008.
Britain’s national academy of science is to be asked to explain its views on creationism in classrooms by a senior MP “horrified” at the reported views of its education director.
Professor Michael Reiss, of the Royal Society, suggested that science teachers should treat creationist beliefs “not as a misconception but as a world-view”. His comments have alarmed Phil Willis, the chairman of the Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee.
“I am at the Royal Society on Wednesday and I will be raising this very issue,” he told The Times yesterday. “I was horrified to hear these views and I reject them totally. They are a step too far and they fly in the face of what science is about. I think if his [Professor Reiss's] views are as mentioned they may be incompatible with his position” …
… A spokesman for the society said: “Michael’s views are the views of the Royal Society. Our position is that if young people put forward a creationist perspective in the classroom, it should be discussed”. (full text).