How teachers are handling creationism vs. evolution in lessons With 2009 bringing the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species, this programme asks whether the teaching of evolution is under threat from a rise in religious fundamentalism amongst pupils.
Programme presenter Adam Rutherford explores the controversy and hears that science teachers are being challenged and distracted by increasing questions about creationism and intelligent design – or avoiding the issues altogether rather than risk upsetting religious sensitivities. Adam supports calls for teachers to confront the issues and make evolution a priority in science teaching. But, despite his own atheism, he discovers how religious arguments can play a relevant role in explaining scientific theories. The programme features an interview with Reverend Professor Michael Reiss, formerly Director of Education at the Royal Society.