When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution.
The Turkish government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum. Critics accuse Turkey’s president of pushing a more conservative, religious ideology — at the expense of young people’s education.
At a playground in an upscale, secular area of Istanbul, parents and grandparents express concern over the new policy.
“I’m worried, but I hope it changes by the time my grandchildren are in high school,” says Emel Ishakoglu, a retired chemical engineer playing with her grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. “Otherwise our kids will be left behind compared to other countries when it comes to science education.”
Zeynep Terzi, left, 23, a medical student in Istanbul, and Betul Vargi, 22, a college student studying English literature, are part of what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls a new “pious generation” of Turks. They wear headscarves and attend mosque, but they also believe in a separation of religion and state. Gokce Saracoglu/NPR
If you really wanna go down the whole what’s “natural” route when dictating people’s lives, then I’m here to tell you…I couldn’t agree more!!!
• Polygamy is the norm in nature, monogamous couplings are rare.
• Homosexual behaviour not only exists in nature, but nature is suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper gay. Like Rocky Horror at Pride gay.
• Gender roles are incredibly fluid in numerous species, none more so than primates.
• Conflict is the least successful evolutionary model. Cooperation and mutually beneficial arrangements are the most.