Via a reader tip comes this article that claims that South Korea is going to do away with teaching evolution in its textbooks:
It appears that the United States is not the only country having a hard time accepting evolution. According to a report in Nature, a South Korean creationist campaign has achieved victory in its efforts to see specific examples of evolution removed from high school text books. Their breakthrough is part of a larger campaign to see evolutionary theory removed as much as possible from educational materials.
The campaign, which was led by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), is aiming to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks in order to “correct” students’ views of the world. The group started a petition to remove references to evolution from high school textbooks and it now appears that this strategy has worked. The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) announced that textbook publishers will revise editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse and the Archaeopteryx, which is an ancestor of modern day birds.
The announcement has shocked a number of biologists who complain that they were not consulted. According to Dayk Jan, an evolutionary scientist as Seoul National University, the South Korean ministry sent the petition directly to the publishing companies where they judged it for themselves. In its defense, STR claims that its group includes professors of biology and high-school science teachers. Moreover, the creationist-minded group is looking to take the issue even further. According to the report in Nature: [iO9.com]
This story is being headlined by saying South Korea is banning the teaching of evolution in Korean schools and from what I have read so far this is in fact not true. The Ministry of Education has decided not to mention the evolution of the horse and of the Archeopteryx in the textbooks not evolution in general. Yes the Christian groups ultimate goal is to ban the teaching of evolution in Korean schools but succeeding in not mentioning the evolution of the horse doesn’t mean the teaching of evolution in Korean schools is occurring.