No creationism in free schools, UK says
In 2013, the U.K. government highlighted “… an urgent need to reform our school system to prevent the standard of education in the UK from falling further behind that of other countries. Our education system is also frequently unequal, with poor performance concentrated in disadvantaged areas.”
“There is evidence that giving heads and teachers greater freedom over their curriculum, budget and staff can help improve the quality of the education they provide and reduce the attainment gap. We also believe giving parents, teachers and charities the ability to open schools in response to the needs of the local community will help to raise standards.”
A step towards this, according to the education department changes, is to ban teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution in Free Schools. Evolution has been added to the primary curriculum planning since 2012. With Free Schools (or public-funded schools) adopting the scientifically proven and endorsed theory of evolution in understanding science, the curriculum and teaching standards are expected to provide UK education “a better and more diverse school system”.
Compare this to America, where public-funded schools are still teaching creationism to students as an alternative to the theory of evolution. Frank Newport’s poll in the Gallup indicated “more than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process.”
In the UK, the state provides funding to academies and free schools. However these institutions do not need to comply to the national curriculum and are not audited on the content they teach. About 174 (or 1 percent of schools) are free schools in the UK.
Free schools in the UK existed as “way of encouraging innovation outside of state limitations”, according to RT.com.