When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution.While it is certainly true that this kind of thing also happens sporadically in the United States, like here, what is going on in Turkey is entirely religiously-based. The interpretation of scripture, in this case, the Koran, will always come first.
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."
With a curriculum that omits evolution, Ishakoglu worries her grandchildren won't get the training they'll need if they want to grow up to be scientists like her.
Henry Morris was once asked where Hell was. His response was that it was directly beneath our feet. When pressed with the knowledge of observations that there is no place for Hell in the center of the earth because the earth is solid down to the core, he replied that the sounding equipment had to be wrong because that is where the scriptures tell us it is. It is very hard to fight against that level of strict ideology.