Interviews with Former Vardy Schools Students
The following is part of the transcript of the Rod Liddle programme, the New Fundamentalists, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2006. It is an interview between Liddle and two former students, Adam French and Richard Almond.
Richard Almond: Most of the teachers being Christians believed in creationism. So what they would say is erm, this is erm curriculum, this is Darwin's evolutionary theory,ToE. However, we believe that creation, God created the world in 7 days, so.
Rod Liddle (interrupts): In 7 days?
Richard Almond: Yes.
Rod Liddle:Did anyone ever raise a query about this belief?
Richard Almond: When your young, you just take what your told a lot of the time, so no one stood up & disagreed.
Adam French: One of my teachers – we were reading from a text book & one of the teachers told us all a story about the big bang & how dinosaurs were born & how man eventually evolved from there. He told us all this & then all of a sudden he whipped out the Bible & read the first passage in the Bible: & in the beginning God created the heaven & the Earth, blab la bla. And he said he believed the Bible version, although he did strictly tell us that in an exam we should write the textbook version & not the Bible version.
Rod Liddle: When you were told about creationism, did you think that theory then is equal then to the evolutionary approach?
Adam French: Pretty much that's how they brought it across. Because they always pushed evolution onto you as just a theory, so you never thought of it as purely a factual scientific thing.
Richard Almond: They did try to teach creationism as fact.
Adam French: We were even taught that the err, that the Earth was only 6000 years old.
Rod Liddle: They taught you that?
Adam French: I don't think it was in lessons but we were told…
Richard Almond (interrupts): Not in terms for an exam but now that I think about it, there was a lot of contradiction in the teaching.
Adam French: Err, I don't think it is right what they are doing with contradictory theories in science, it is not a good thing.