The headteacher of a UK school has come under fire after tweeting that evolution was “a theory” and “there is more evidence that the bible is true”.
Christina Wilkinson, headteacher of St Andrew’s Church of England School made the tweet in reply to London-based headteacher Tom Sherrington who was pushing for fellow teachers to stick to science and fact when teaching how life came about saying, “For me, it is critical that teachers do not water down the science to accommodate religious perspectives if that means sacrificing the acceptance of evidence.”
Christina, on her personal Twitter account (now closed @WilkinsonHead) tweeted “Evolution is not a fact. That’s why it’s called a theory! There’s more evidence that the Bible is true.”
In reply, Sherington wrote: “Sigh. I sincerely hope your students aren’t told that. Take them to a natural history museum.”
Her tweet was met with widespread criticism online saying it was an “unacceptable level of stupidity from a headteacher”. Even a frustrated Richard Dawkins, who has tried to educate people that the word ‘theory’ does not mean ‘hypothesis’ weighed in saying “Scientists call evolution a theory only in a special scientists’ sense, which is NOT the same as the layman’s ‘tentative hypothesis;”
Despite the government banning the teaching of creationism in UK science classes, Wilkinson released a short statement before closing her Twitter account saying: “I’d like to make it clear that we teach the full national curriculum in school and that our pupils receive a fully rounded education.”
A spokesman for Blackburn diocesan board of education said, “As a diocese we state all schools should teach the full national curriculum, which includes ‘adaptation of plants and animals and that adaption may lead to evolution'”
Is this view acceptable of a headteacher in the UK in 2016?