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Michael Wilson 2017-06-26
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In the US, opponents of evolution have tried to undercut instruction on the topic by suggesting schools should "teach the controversy."

The national education authorities in Turkey, however, have decided that teachers should avoid any hint of controversy in the classroom.

In service of that goal, the country is pulling evolution out of its high school curriculum entirely.

The change will be implemented during the upcoming school year, 2017-2018.

In Turkey, the curriculum for state-run schools is set by the national government.

The move against education in biology came as the state education authorities were undertaking a review of the national curriculum.

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Florrie Jones 2016-05-18
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But the discussion is preceded by a statement that's straight out of the "teach the controversy" approach: "The students examine the content of evolution and intelligent design and consider the merits and flaws of both sides of the argument."

These exercises provide the impression that the school system has taken a standard lesson plan and tacked on some creationist material.

One creationist handout from one of the exercises highlights the arguments of Lehigh University professor Michael Behe.

Discovery is a major proponent of intelligent design, which it views as a tool to replace the current scientific process with one more consonant with its theological views.

Another video promoted by the document is more overtly religious—and even worse scientifically.

It's pretty likely that whoever put together this document started with a standard, scientifically valid lesson plan and tacked on a series of random bits of creationist information obtained by a bit of Web searching.

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Michael Wilson 2017-06-26
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In the US, opponents of evolution have tried to undercut instruction on the topic by suggesting schools should "teach the controversy."

The national education authorities in Turkey, however, have decided that teachers should avoid any hint of controversy in the classroom.

In service of that goal, the country is pulling evolution out of its high school curriculum entirely.

The change will be implemented during the upcoming school year, 2017-2018.

In Turkey, the curriculum for state-run schools is set by the national government.

The move against education in biology came as the state education authorities were undertaking a review of the national curriculum.

Florrie Jones 2016-05-18
img

But the discussion is preceded by a statement that's straight out of the "teach the controversy" approach: "The students examine the content of evolution and intelligent design and consider the merits and flaws of both sides of the argument."

These exercises provide the impression that the school system has taken a standard lesson plan and tacked on some creationist material.

One creationist handout from one of the exercises highlights the arguments of Lehigh University professor Michael Behe.

Discovery is a major proponent of intelligent design, which it views as a tool to replace the current scientific process with one more consonant with its theological views.

Another video promoted by the document is more overtly religious—and even worse scientifically.

It's pretty likely that whoever put together this document started with a standard, scientifically valid lesson plan and tacked on a series of random bits of creationist information obtained by a bit of Web searching.