South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MEST) is set to remove specific examples of the theory of evolution from school textbooks across the country.
Evolutionary examples of horses and birds may remain, but examples of human evolution will be stricken from textbooks.
As reported by Slate, “…just like in the United States, tensions exist [in South Korea] between those who promote science education and those whose religious beliefs conflict with what’s being taught.”
The new ruling has alarmed South Korean biologists, who were not consulted about the change. Says Yongin’s Kyung Hee University’s evolutionary psychologist Dayk Jang, “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge.”
However, South Korea’s Society for Textbook Revise (STR) points out that its members include high school science teachers, and biology professors. The organization also points to The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rankings, in which South Korean students rate highest in science learning achievement around the world.
STR also stresses that its reason for the change is “to delete the error of evolution from textbooks” in order to “correct students’ views of the world.”
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