Petitioning Federal Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham and 3 others

STOP funding schools that teach creationism: Education is degraded by pseudo-science.

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To:  Simon Birmingham, Education Minister;
cc:   Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister;
cc:   Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Education Minister:

Science has provided staggering advances in medicine, technology, and across every sphere of human advancement. 

But science has been undermined by fixations with pseudo-science - the anti-vaxxer lobby, denial of climate change, and fundamentalists who claim human evolution is a "hoax". 

More than 250 private schools across Australia reserve the right to teach Creationism as part of their curriculum.  This practice must stop - it is intellectually damaging to children, it indoctrinates ideas that are patently false, it disables the capacity of young minds to 'think critically', and it prevents a scientific understanding of the natural world.

A Nielsen poll in 2009, reported in The Age, showed almost 25% of Australians believe "the biblical account of human origins".  Creationists claim the Earth is just 6,000 years old, that Noah's flood is historically true, and humans lived with dinosaurs. We don't need this taught in schools!

Current funding for private schools is $12 billion - we urge you to withdraw the relevant portion of these grants from all schools which teach Creationism.  Save taxpayer dollars, and stop funding pseudo-science to vulnerable and impressionable children.

Schools teaching the Bible as the "inerrant Word of God".  see https://www.plainreason.org/featured/petition-change-org/

More details and free eBook on this topic at:
https://www.plainreason.org

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Federal Minister for Education and Training
    Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
  • Prime Minister
    The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull
  • Shadow Minister for Education
    The Hon. Tanya Pilbersek, MP
  • Secretary of DET
    Dr Michele Bruniges


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