a long way to go

29 October 2007

So, South Africa will start requiring high schools to teach evolutionary theory. One is tempted to ask why they waited until 2007 to do so, but reading this article answers such questions: the degree of ignorance about science, both on the part of teachers and the author (consider that it is stated, apparently in all seriousness, that “evolution theory, and its growing body of followers, invariably generates tension between secular, atheist scientists and conservative religions.”, and “Evolution…is rated highly by education experts because they believe it teaches learners to think critically and analytically..”) Yes, it looks like an uphill battle, but certainly one that needs to be fought.

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