From the New South Wales Government.
In developing the NSW Science curriculum, the Board of Studies undertook extensive consultation with experts in the field to ensure that content, including that relating to evolution, would be consistent with accepted scientific knowledge and understanding.
The Board wishes to remind teachers that Creationism and Intelligent Design are not part of the Board’s Science syllabuses. If taught as part of any school-based program, it must be clear to students that Creationism and Intelligent Design:
- are not scientific, nor evidence-based
- will not be included in any task that forms part of the assessment of student achievement for the award of the School Certificate or Higher School Certificate
- will not be tested in any School Certificate or Higher School Certificate examination and will not be relevant to any response to School Certificate or Higher School Certificate questions.
Note: Intelligent Design has not been banned from schools. But teachers must make it clear that they are not scientific or evidence based – and that will be irrelevant to any assessment or examination.
Given the ID crowd’s penchant for mandatory disclaimers, maybe they won’t be upset about this (and then I wake up).
Any comments on this mandate?