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    South Korea has just removed evolution, and examples of evolution from their schools.

    "the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx."

    Simply amazing that an advanced nation can be so stupid.

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    Wow, I must say I'm quite susprised about that, I've come to be very impressed with South Korea and are now probarbly the world leaders in consumer technology. I always thought it was a really progressive country. This sounds like a step backwards IMHO.


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    *sigh* Scary how much damage this may do their future generations.
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    This is a total overreaction on the part of Scientific American. What the story actually says is that the publishers will decide what to put in their textbooks. Horrors.
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    Can't say I'm terribly surprised. We have quite a few Korean Christian communities here. They're all pretty much the same kind of unyielding fundamentalists as my great-grandmother was several decades ago.
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    They make good cars though adelady. Are They inscrutable like the Chinese? If the "" corrections "" to their political thinking are printed in English, then no harm done. westwind.
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    I think it is ok as long as it didn't replace the ommited topic with other controversial theory (like creationist theory). Syllabus in school are always like this too... they always omit alot of stuff because they couldn't/didn't-have-time to teach it (so what difference does this make?). -IMO there's no malicious intent here... (probably since there's a controversy with evolution so they just opt it out from list of compulsory topic; simple managerial decision)
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    Quote Originally Posted by msafwan View Post
    I think it is ok as long as it didn't replace the ommited topic with other controversial theory (like creationist theory). Syllabus in school are always like this too... they always omit alot of stuff because they couldn't/didn't-have-time to teach it (so what difference does this make?). -IMO there's no malicious intent here... (probably since there's a controversy with evolution so they just opt it out from list of compulsory topic; simple managerial decision)
    Given the notably high amount of very religious households in South Korea, if Evolution is not covered, then it will be covered at home, most likely with incorrect information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msafwan View Post
    (probably since there's a controversy with evolution so they just opt it out from list of compulsory topic; simple managerial decision)
    There is no controversy with evolution within science and this is science educaitonwe are discussing. As a maangerial decision it smacks of cowardice, short-termism, cynical politicking, ignorance and foolishness.
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    This is a made up story, designed to whip up resentment against Christians. Nothing has actually happened in Korea. Someone wrote up a petition. Some publishers may or may not have decided not to include material about evolution. If they decided not to include it, it may or may not have been to avoid the controversy, and could have been based simply on a decision that it was not relevant to the course being taught.

    I managed to make it through high school without being taught evolution. This had nothing to do with creationists. I also took a "Biology 101" type of class in college. No evolution there either.

    There is a lot of biology that can be taught without teaching evolution. After all, Mendel discovered the laws of inheritance without benefit of any theory of evolution.
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    I wasn't taught evolution either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    This is a made up story, designed to whip up resentment against Christians.
    You concede that there was a petition.

    Do you concede that the government sent copies of the petition to textbook publishers? Or was that made up?

    Do you recognise that when a government sends copies of a petition to publishers there is an implicit suggesiton that they should give it serious consideration?

    Which part of the story is made up Harold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    This is a made up story, designed to whip up resentment against Christians.
    You concede that there was a petition.

    Do you concede that the government sent copies of the petition to textbook publishers? Or was that made up?

    Do you recognise that when a government sends copies of a petition to publishers there is an implicit suggesiton that they should give it serious consideration?

    Which part of the story is made up Harold?
    The part that was made up is that the idea that teaching of evolution has been removed from Korean schools due to pressure from creationists. There is no evidence of that whatsoever in the story published in Scientific American.
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    The Korean Association for Creation Research seeks to provide evidence in support of the creation myth described in the Book of Genesis. Made up or true?
    The Korean Association for Creation Research is an organisation that promotes fundamentalist Christian values. Made up or true.
    An independent offshoot of the organisation, the SRT, aims to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks to “correct” students’ views of the world. Made up or true?
    The STR conducted a poll on belief in evolution. Made up or true?
    The results of the poll, unfavourable to evolutionists, was submitted to the South Korean government. Made up or true?
    The government passed this poll onto publishers. Made up or true?
    Some publishers will remove references to evolution from their textbooks. Made up or true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    The Korean Association for Creation Research seeks to provide evidence in support of the creation myth described in the Book of Genesis. Made up or true?
    The Korean Association for Creation Research is an organisation that promotes fundamentalist Christian values. Made up or true.
    An independent offshoot of the organisation, the SRT, aims to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks to “correct” students’ views of the world. Made up or true?
    The STR conducted a poll on belief in evolution. Made up or true?
    The results of the poll, unfavourable to evolutionists, was submitted to the South Korean government. Made up or true?
    The government passed this poll onto publishers. Made up or true?
    All the above is true. What is the problem?
    Some publishers will remove references to evolution from their textbooks. Made up or true?
    Can't really tell from the facts given how many publishers are revising their textbooks or, if they are revising them, whether the revisions were influenced by the petition or not.
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    Right.
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