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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 7th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Did South Korea Ban the Teaching of Evolution In Its Schools?

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]

You can read more at the link as well as checking out this Wired.com article.  Here is the Nature article as well.

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.

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  • 코리아
    5:45 pm on June 7th, 2012 1

    I felt the same and in fact in my reading it seems that it is actually the textbook publishers who caved to the ‘suggestions’ made by the groups and all the Ministry had to do with it is they allowed updates to go through. While that was a mistake, I could certainly understand Ministry reviewers not taking notice of a horse diagram being changed to a whale and a missing prehistoric bird if they didn’t know the reasons behind the omissions.

  • Teadrinker
    5:47 pm on June 7th, 2012 2

    It’s a step towards banning the teaching of evolution which should have never been given to them.

    One more reason to dislike the current government.

  • setnaffa
    5:59 pm on June 7th, 2012 3

    REALLY NOW… Are you REALLY that sure that “the science is settled”? Just like AGW, there are dissenting scientist with actual evidence.

    ICR.org is full of PhD professors who believe in a “young Earth”… And all that entails…

    BUT, unless we get involved in a religious debate, it doesn’t affect any of us either way. One side argues “The Bible says this” and the other side hates the Bible and that whole “fornication is sin” thing (as far as I can tell from reading Dawkins). But it doesn’t affect internet routers, traffic lights, internal combustion engines, the price of pizza, or why the chicken crossed the road…

    Why is it so difficult for people who say they have no religion to let other people have freedom of religion, too?

    And why are you getting so twisted about Koreans when the stuff they’re teaching in American elementary schools is at least 20 years out of date?

  • Teadrinker
    8:44 pm on June 7th, 2012 4

    “Why is it so difficult for people who say they have no religion to let other people have freedom of religion, too?”

    Freedom of religion doesn’t not give one the right to imposing one’s own religious views upon others. Besides, trying to get the government to remove the teaching of science, which is based on empirical evidence, because they think it threatens their faith? Is their faith that weak?

    Why don’t they freak out about chemistry class (puts into question whether one can change water into wine)? How about physics (puts into question whether one can thread water)? Or medicine (puts into question whether one only needs to pray to cure blindness)?

    Ironically, it’s really about greed. The more people you convert, the larger your customer base is. Don’t think it’s about money? Well, it costs 30$ per person to visit the to visit one of those creation museums. How much money are they making publishing those creationist books?

  • Leon LaPorte
    11:24 pm on June 7th, 2012 5

    Two things to consider:

    When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.

    When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    12:34 am on June 8th, 2012 6

    In South Korea they teach to the test in schools. No one is learning big theories or anything you would consider important. They are only learning what they need to know to “ace” the big test they take in fall of their senior year in high school.

  • Joshi Joe
    8:23 am on June 8th, 2012 7

    I’d rather pay $20,000 (more than in-state college tuition) a year for my kids to get a better quality education (where the teachers care and work to keep their jobs) that teaches them to think in the right mindset than have them attend a public institution that teaches them to think enough just to get the grade. Just saying…

    How nice of Darwin and the Evolutionaries to tell us that we are more advanced lifeforms than are parents and descendants were through natural selection, environmental adaptation, etc. Although, progressive degeneration in moral values through following generations has likely been the case these days (Source: Foxnews, CNN, etc.).

  • Joshi Joe
    8:24 am on June 8th, 2012 8

    Correction: *our parents and ancestors.

    Sorry, progressive degeneration in effect.

  • Dr.Yu
    2:11 pm on June 8th, 2012 9

    We Koreans descend from Hwanung, a deity, so creationism in Korean schools is Ok. :lol:
    Here it comes again: the extremists of empirical evidence against the extremists of faith. In the end, it does not matter what the truth is, as long as it is “your” truth, right?
    By the way, did anybody found the missing link?

  • Zilchy
    10:44 pm on June 8th, 2012 10

    Dr. Yu – “By the way, did anybody found the missing link?”

    Yes, we have! Where is Tom these days?

  • Glans
    4:28 am on June 9th, 2012 11

    Missing link? What missing link? Here’s a long list of human evolution fossils.

  • Temi
    10:37 am on June 9th, 2012 12

    typical Darwinist propaganda. Take out a few of their lies from the textbooks and they create sensational headlines to make you look bad. Even the Darwinists don’t accept what was taken out, yet they get mad because of WHO asked for it to be taken out. Can’t expect honesty from them when they were willing to leave those things that even they considered false in the books for children to read.

    Little do people know that the majority of what is supposedly evidence for evolution is BS.

  • Another Victory for Apathy « Infidelworld
    9:22 pm on June 10th, 2012 13

    [...] but in all three cases, the last concern on anyone’s mind was science. Evolution might not be banned in South Korea (as of now), but it’s clear that STR has no opponents, at least none worth [...]

  • Dr.Yu
    6:41 am on June 11th, 2012 14

    # 10. Tom the missing link? No please, because it will give the chinese more reason to claim that the whole world came from the chineses … :lol:

  • Dr.Yu
    6:46 am on June 11th, 2012 15

    #11. The missing link that proves that the Darwinist are the grand son of a baboon, chimpanzee, gorilla, gibbon … :lol:

  • Paul
    10:26 am on June 11th, 2012 16

    Can’t they just stick in the blasted fruit fly? I mean, evolutionary tendancies are observable within a single human lifespan on those things. No debate there.

  • Glans
    12:13 pm on June 11th, 2012 17

    To a chimpanzee, a human is a closer relative than a gorilla is.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:19 pm on June 11th, 2012 18

    I think it is great for people to writhe in their own ignorance, much like a pig does in its own shiat.

    The religionistas will not only die off, eventually, but sooner they will be even more marginalized from society. They will be poor as the good paying jobs will go to those who embrace science and critical thought. Wish I could live to see it. A new age of reason.

    /the downward spiral of Mediterranean Death Cults

  • nikkymonkey
    2:29 pm on December 24th, 2012 19

    Maybe if evolution wasn’t so full of lies and hoaxes and improbable speculations people wouldn’t want to get rid of it….alsonot being a load of crap might help its cause

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    4:57 pm on December 24th, 2012 20

    19. You mean evolution is too much like religion?

  • semitope
    11:55 am on December 25th, 2012 21

    Actually that’s maybe true. Though religion is a bit of a wide area. Evolution would be like roman/greek polytheism maybe.

  • Baek In-je
    4:17 pm on December 25th, 2012 22

    As the Korean people themselves did not evolve, I think it disingenuous to teach the theory of evolution in schools.

  • Kangaji
    8:47 pm on December 25th, 2012 23

    I found some Japanese friends for you…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2szx-WWR0rw

  • Baek In-je
    10:43 pm on December 25th, 2012 24

    The japanese are superior to koreans…in each and every way. You know how it is universally known that Koreans have the world’s smallest penises? Japanese are dsaid to have normal man-size penises.

  • kangaji
    9:17 am on December 26th, 2012 25

    そう言えば。。。
     だから日本に行った法がいいって

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