The South Korean government has asked publishers to ignore calls for the removal of examples of evolution from school textbooks.
Dialed extraordinary power "Society for the revision of textbooks» (Society for Textbook Revise, STR) expressed the need to withdraw from a book of stories about the evolution of the horse and avian ancestor Archaeopteryx, which are traditionally considered to be one of the best examples of evolution.
STR - an offshoot of the Korean Association of Creation Research - believes that pupils and students should be taught 'different' theories about the evolution of life on Earth. These people argue that the evolution of examples that fall into the textbooks, in fact disputed by the evolutionary scientists.
In May, all of a sudden it became clear that publishers something suddenly listened and decided to withdraw these chapters; This caused outrage among some scientists. The scandal has turned out loud to the whole world, and this prompted the government to create a special group of eleven people under the auspices of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and with the participation of five experts on evolution and the fossil record. Commission responsible for overseeing the revision of textbooks.
September 5 Group concluded that Archaeopteryx should stay. In addition, it is confirmed that the theory of evolution is an integral part of modern science, and therefore it should be taught in schools.
The Commission emphasized that the scientific debate about whether Archaeopteryx has created all the birds, or was just one of feathered dinosaurs, do not undermine the theory of evolution. Moreover, the group noted a lot of bird fossils, which may be intermediate species between dinosaurs and birds.
At the same time, the group felt that the explanation of the evolution of the horse, represented in school textbooks, and really too simplistic, and it should be revised or replaced by another example - say, the evolution of whales.
The government supported an expert opinion, and publishers of textbooks prompted all this into account for the next school year.
STR also did not fail to say that the commission had not been included creationists, but because of its decision bias. The Company has pledged to continue fighting for the "improvement" of textbooks.
Head of the commission Dukhvan Lee, president of the Council on basic science, expressed the hope that the action ultimately improve the understanding of the evolution of man in the street. In July, a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, showed that out of 613 respondents 45% believe in evolution, and 32% - in creationism.
In fact, Mr. Lee was glad that the campaign launched by STR, provided an opportunity to really improve textbooks. "We welcome any application if they relate to the shortcomings of natural science textbooks, - says the scientist. - But we do not want to waste time on the comments of a religious nature. "