In Turkey, Darwin is being removed from textbooks


A copy of Darwin’s „Origin of Species“ in front of a stone bust of Charles Darwin at London’s Natural History Museum. Soon, references to the pioneering biologist and his theory of evolution will be removed from Turkish textbooks (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Image
Science education is being attacked in several countries at the same time, including right here in the good ol‘ U. S. of A.

By Brandon A. Weber | big think

The latest? The country of Turkey has banned the teaching of evolution and even the mention of natural selection and Charles Darwin from the biology textbooks of secondary school children. The law was passed to make such changes soon after an attempted political coup in 2016. Since that move, the country’s government has moved toward a much more authoritarian model—one that regards religious fundamentalism above science and schools. Erdogan’s government is also creating a massive refugee crisis as those who do not wish to live under sharia law escape the country, mainly to Greece.

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