schooltime trivia

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Date: Fri Aug 31 2001 - 13:40:15 BST

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    Following Chris' efforts to lighten the mood, and whilst I'm in my lunch
    break, I though I'd impart a little bit of personal history that's just come
    back to mind. Completely trivial, but amusing (to me anyway).

    When I about 12 I had a Religious Education teacher who, thinking about it
    now, was probably an atheist. She used to talk about Jesus' miracles, and
    then offer possible scientific explanations for them! (My own atheism
    started when I was about 8 according to my Mother, so I was pleasantly
    surprised to find an RE teacher prepared to concede the possibility that,
    whisper it to kids, religion might not be the "Truth").

    A couple of years later, in a different school, I studied GCSE biology (that
    gives Brit contributors an idea of my age- in fact I'll admit to having been
    in the first group of people to take GCSEs. Answers on a postcard as to
    what year that was). My biology teacher, a Mr.Sparkes, was an evangelical
    christian who didn't believe in evolution (I remember him once using the
    'human eyes are too perfect' argument, which I wish I'd known the answer to
    back then...). He's still there as far as I know, but I expect he'd be
    offered loads of money to work in some of the Southern States of the US.

    So, my education included a religious studies teacher who didn't believe in
    religion, and a biology teacher who didn't believe in evolution.

    I could condemn them both for continuing to teach those subjects when not
    believing them, but I'd be breaking windows in my glass house (although I do
    hope in the not too distant future to get out of being involved with running
    a degree in Public Relations).


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