Turkey to stop teaching evolution in high schools

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The theory of evolution will be removed from the high school curriculum as it was deemed controvers­ial and difficult to understand, a senior education official said. A chapter entitled “The Beginning of Life and Evolution” will be deleted from the standard biology textbooks and the material will be available only to students who go on to university studies from age 18 or 19, Alparslan Durmus, head of the national education board said in an online address this week. “We are aware that if our students don’t have the background to comprehend the premises and hypotheses, or if they don’t have the knowledge and scientific framework, they will not be able to understand some controvers­ial issues, so we have left some of them out.”

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