National leader Simon Bridges says there’s no evidence that his sister taught creationism as a preferred theory of evolution in science classes.
Mt Hobson Middle School teacher Rachel O’Connor is at the centre of the allegations – she is Mr Bridges’ sister and wife of National MP Simon O’Connor.
One of her former students, who has not been named, told Newsroom his Year 10 class was shown a video in 2016 called ‘Science Has Found Proof of the Existence of God’.
“I respect anyone’s religious beliefs, I have no problem with that, but this is a science class,” the student said.
The school is one of two private schools run by the Villa Education Trust, which also operates two charter schools.
The student’s mother, a trained secondary teacher, told Newsroom that showing the video in a science class amounted to “slick Christian propaganda”.
“The reality is, this wouldn’t be a story if it wasn’t my sister,” Mr Bridges told Newshub.
I believe that if you receive public funding to run a school, you need to abide by the collective curriculum of society – and that means no creationism bullshit in the Science class.
You want to teach that in some seperate religious class, knock yourself out, but this is the 21st century and we need citizens and future workers to have a basic understanding of science.
The story of a magical flying invisible wizard creating the entire Universe in 6 days is a fine myth that can be studied at length in a religious class – but that NO WAY should be part of the Science curriculum.
We can not tolerate as a progressive liberal society with a fully functioning base of science a public school system that teaches children that 2 + 2 = 17.
This has always been the main flaw of the charter school system. Religious fanatics want to teach dogma and myth as fact, which we should never as a secular society accept.