Regression or Evolution
NEWS that the Department of Basic Education is considering dropping the study of human evolution from the compulsory curriculum is disturbing.
Draft changes to the social sciences curriculum suggest that the study of human evolution be removed from the Grade 7 history curriculum, where it has been taught for the past eight years.
The topic will still be taught in Grades 10 to 12 biology classes, according to the draft. But not all students choose biology at that level, while history in Grade 7 is compulsory.
As a result, if the draft changes are implemented, some students will not learn about human evolution - described by Stellenbosch University zoologist Michael Cherry as the unifying theory in biology - at school.
Concerns that the recommendations might have religious motivations have been dismissed by education expert Barbara Johannesson, who drafted the document. That is reassuring. Religious fanatics hostile to science have no place in the drafting of our school curricula. After all, as Johannesson …
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Publication information: Article title: Regression or Evolution. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Cape Times (South Africa). Publication date: November 12, 2010. Page number: 12. © 2009 Independent News & Media PLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.