Not Teaching Evolution Would Handicap Many Pupils for Life
Evolution is not to be taught to Grade 7s because it is "cognitively too demanding" for teachers and students (Cape Times, November 11). This is like saying that road safety should not be taught to juniors because they cannot be expected to understand Isaac Newton's three laws of motion.
Evolution is fundamental to understanding why we are what we are, why the Earth is what it is.
Road safety preserves life and limb. A grasp of evolution and other basic concepts of science preserve sanity and enable sane decisions to be taken on anything from boiling a kettle, baking a cake, preserving our planet, putting a screw into a piece of wood, or looking after our health. …
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Publication information: Article title: Not Teaching Evolution Would Handicap Many Pupils for Life. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Cape Times (South Africa). Publication date: November 15, 2010. Page number: 8. © 2009 Independent News & Media PLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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