Recent article in the Guardian
from a guy called Alastair Noble
As a former science teacher and schools inspector, I am disturbed that proposals for science education are based on near-complete ignorance of intelligent design.
This is in response to the rather awesome news
that primary schools are going to be teaching evolution (along with the similarly awesome news that the BHA piped in their approval - YAY!).
I did a bit of research on Dr. Alastair Noble
and thought I was going to conclude by saying "why did the Guardian even publish this guy?" Unfortunately, it looks like he's geniunely a scientist, genuinely used to teach science and genuinely used to inspect schools. The more I looked into it the worse it got.
First of all, on the religious nutcase side of things:
- Alastair Noble put his name to a rather daft letter to the Telegraph
claiming that evolution doesn't explain the origins of life and that intelligent design does.
- He's a signatory on the Discovery Institute
's "Scientific Dissent From Darwinism"
. (While there can't be more than 850 names on that list, a website has been set up to find scientists supporting evolution who have the name "Steve"
. It currently has over 1100 names.)
- He's written an apologetics book called "Is It True: The Case For Christianity" and in the book description
it mentions that he belongs to the "Billy Graham
- He also gives a 5-star review
for Stephen Meyer
's book "DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
However, on the positions of authority side of things:
- He has a PhD in Chemistry and is currently a research chemist.
- He works as an education consultant (for a Christian charity called CARE).
- He is a former secondary school chemistry teacher.
- He is a former school inspector.
- He has worked on educational programmes within the BBC, the CBI and the NHS.
- He is Field Officer of The Headteachers’ Association of Scotland.
In the end it looks like he has enough qualifications to entitle him to an article in The Guardian. Still, it isn't half depressing.