Just for the record, I went up last week to Middlesbrough to talk to the Vardy Foundation about their creationist tendencies. I spent nearly two hours talking to the headmaster, Nigel McQuoid, who is, I think, a full-on young earth creationist, who doesn’t believe that science could, even in principle disprove the account in genesis. But that’s not actually what matters.
What matters is that he doesn’t have this stuff taught in science classes. He says it has never been taught as science in Vardy schools, and I am inclined to believe him. It’s not my habit to trust headmasters or evangelical christians. The intersection of the two sets gets special distrust. None the less, I thiknk he’s an honest man, and that he was telling the truth. He also has some of his RE lessons taught by an atheist. It is also germane that he is clearly running a damn good school.
I asked him about the Layfield talk linked to above as well, and he said, more or less. “Steve was just kicking ideas about. I don’t think he ever did anything about it.” The PR woman got a fit of the giggles when I asked about the craters on the moon being caused by Adam’s expulsion from Eden — one of Layfield’s more unusual ideas for livening up science lessons.
More later, in G2.