Religion, science, charter schools and John Banks

Stuff reports on School faith plan raises doubts. It certainly raises doubts about religious versus science education.

The philosophy, used at other Christian schools, encourages every subject to be taught so students discover how God made the world, and upholds and governs it.

Science and culture modules are taught to equip students to recognise what the In God’s World document calls the wonder of God’s creation, and that God is the God of history.

This deserves repeating: “encourages every subject to be taught so students discover how God made the world”.

How can they teach science so students ‘discover’ that?

It also raises questions about the potential for John Banks’ religious beliefs and his (non) scientitific beliefs to flavour his approach to charter schools and faith based education.

Education Minister Hekia Parata would not comment, but associate minister John Banks said the ministry had received a lot of correspondence, including complaints about public funding of faith-based education.

He would not comment on the trust’s charter plans.

Banks recently revealed in a Radio Rhema interview:

Banks: I believe Bible’s account of how life began

Associate Education Minister John Banks says he believes the Genesis account of the start of life on Earth.

According to the Bible, God made the world in six days, with Adam and Eve being his last act of creation.

John Banks told Radio Rhema that he has no doubts the first chapters of Genesis are true.

While I’m puzzled why in this day and age people would still believe in things that are demonstrably disproven by science Bank’s faith is his own business – as long as it doesn’t affect his decisions as an MP.

John Banks should make it clear he keeps his beliefs separate from his charter schools crusade.