A NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard parents admit they tell their children that the age of the earth is less than 10,000 years, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
A number of Christian home schoolers told the Upper House Committee that they told their children that the geological evidence supported the young earth fable. Some parents presented evolution and young earth creationism as theories of equal validity between which their children can choose.
(Copies of the transcript available on request).
Dr Kaye said: "A cohort of home-schooled children will not be able to tell the difference between religious belief and scientific theory.
"Their ignorance will impose costs not only on themselves but also on the society they will grow up in.