South Korean Publishers Erase Evolution from Textbooks

Some South Korean publishers are removing references to evolutionary theory from secondary school textbooks after a creationist group petitioned the government for change.

Out of the seven scientific textbook publishers in Korea, six have agreed to remove references to the evolution of birds, and three are erasing teaching on the evolution of horses.

The move comes as the result of efforts by Society for Textbook Revise, which seeks to eliminate what it calls “unproven theory.” It filed petitions with the South Korean Ministry of Education last December and again in March, asking that these references be removed. In turn, the South Korean Ministry of Education forwarded the letters to the country’s textbook publishers and reportedly allowed each to decide what they wished to do in the matter.

Society for Textbook Revise will next be working to have all references of human evolution removed.

South Korea is largely a Buddhist country, with an estimated 20 percent stated to be Christian.


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