After previous calls for a formal ban on creationist teachings in Scottish schools were dismissed by parliament, the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) have come out on top when the SSS pointed to a letter by the minister for learning and science that said there are safeguards in place to ensure students receive a balanced education. It went on to say:
Guidance provided by Education Scotland, set out in the “Principles and Practice” papers and the “Experiences and Outcomes” documentation for each of the eight curriculum areas does not identify Creationism as a scientific principle. It should therefore not be taught as part of science lessons.
The petition came after the SSS claimed schools were being subjected to an “attack” on the established scientific theories which was coming from doctrine being imported from the United States; where the creationism movement is much stronger. This is a strong victory as it gives a clear declaration regarding creationisms place in the classroom, and it has already been prohibited in Wales and England from being taught as scientific theory. However it is still aloud to be taught in religious and moral studies.