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Creationists win fight to remove evolution from school books
An agreement by education authorities in South Korea may prove to be a landmark decision.
- Billy Hallowell
- June 8, 2012
The creationist-led victory was achieved last month when a petition to remove references to evolution was accepted. While the theory isnâ€™t being taken out entirely, specific examples, including the horse and the avian ancestor Archaeopteryx will be nixed. Biologists who embrace evolution are voicing their concerns with the development, Nature reports.
The journal goes on, explaining where the campaign originated and how it reached this latest victory:
The campaign was led by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which aims to delete the â€śerrorâ€ť of evolution from textbooks to â€ścorrectâ€ť studentsâ€™ views of the world, according to the societyâ€™s website. The society says that its members include professors of biology and high-school science teachers.
The STR is also campaigning to remove content about â€śthe evolution of humansâ€ť and â€śthe adaptation of finch beaks based on habitat and mode of sustenanceâ€ť, a reference to one of the most famous observations in Charles Darwinâ€™sÂ On the Origin of Species. To back its campaign, the group highlights recent discoveries thatÂ ArchaeopteryxÂ is one of many feathered dinosaurs, and not necessarily an ancestor of all birds.
Exploiting such debates over the lineage of species â€śis a typical strategy of creation scientists to attack the teaching of evolution itselfâ€ť, says Joonghwan Jeon, an evolutionary psychologist at Kyung Hee University in Yongin.
Full Story:Â CREATIONISTS CONVINCE SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS TO REMOVE EVOLUTIONARY REFERENCES FROM HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS
Source: The Blaze