Sydney Morning Herald 8 September 2014
Christian parents who home school their children in NSW have admitted they teach creationism as part of science, despite it not being part of the state’s curriculum.
Parents, teachers and students from across the state have told a parliamentary inquiry into home schooling they consider creationism, the belief that the universe was created by God, to be a valid scientific theory.
Representatives from the Home Education Support and Action Network, where the majority of members are Christian, said they believed creationism and evolution should be taught as equal theories. And the four teenagers who presented evidence to the committee on Friday said they believed creationism was a valid scientific theory.
At the hearing on Monday, the general manager of Australian Christian Home Schooling, Dr Terry Harding, said creationism was taught as part of science but accepted it was not a scientific theory.
“There would be some of it in the science section,” he said. “We wouldn’t say that’s a scientific theory, but in the curriculum we would provide information as to the creation idea of origins and the evolutionary idea of origins.”
He argued it was relevant to science because it related to the natural world and was part of a continuing scientific debate.
“But in terms of scientific methodology, which is based on observation, there was no one at the beginning, whether it was the big bang or a creation, and thus it’s not scientific methodology,” he said. “However, because it relates to the natural world and science relates to the natural world, it’s relevant.”