Romania’s withdrawal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum could be evidence of a growing conservative tendency in teaching. Evolution has been removed from the school curriculum in a move which, pressure groups argue, distorts children’s understanding of how the world came into being. Meanwhile, religious studies classes continue to tell Romanian children that God made the world in seven days.
The theory of the Origin of Species and the evolution of humans is no longer present in the compulsory curriculum, through a nationwide decision made under the previous Government in 2006. Before the change, Darwin’s theory was taught to pupils aged 18 or 19 years old. This was also in the curriculum during the Communist period of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
But the Minister of Education, Cristian Adomnitei, argues that biology is taught within the context of evolution. “This subject can be found implicitly from middle school to high-school,” the Minister tells The Diplomat. “Do you think that the studies about the world where we live, its evolution or genetics can ignore the evolution theory? This is impossible.”
“How can the evolution theory be implicit?” Cernea says. “The evolution theory is either present in the curriculum and in the text books and is studied by everybody, or not present in the curriculum and nobody studies it.”…
…Meanwhile, in religious classes, pupils are taught that the world was created in seven days and God made plants on the third day and the sun on the fourth. Textbooks claim the first man was Adam, who was ‘made of ground’, and that Eve, the first woman, was made from one of her husband’s ribs. In 2006, the Ministry of Education and Research also removed Voltaire, Camus and Nietzsche from the philosophy curriculum. These three writers are noted for their critical views on religion and Nietzsche’s pronouncement that ‘God is dead’.
Romania, what the fundies want us to be. I don’t even know what else to say.
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What the fuck. I didn’t even know about this. But I do have to say, Romanian people are for the most part very open minded people. They appreciate hard work and are anything but superstitious. I can’t remember one time anyone mentioning religion or atheism or anything of that nature when ever I visited Romania.
These people have gone through a lot, and their lives are still not comparable to those of most European countries. In the small villages people still have outhouses and a public fountain and whatnot.
School is a luxury for most people there, I think that’s the only reason why the people haven’t done anything to stop this.
In any case, you can’t judge a country only by its school system. In my country where they do teach evolution in schools, I have been discriminated against countless time because I don’t have a religion. Things like that would never happen in Romania.
“School is a luxury for most people there, I think thatâ€™s the only reason why the people havenâ€™t done anything to stop this.”
For the people in villages or people all over Romania? If it the second one: no, it’s not. And people didn’t do anything because they didn’t know… I didn’t, it wasn’t on TV, wasn’t in newspapers…
“Things like that would never happen in Romania.”
Yes they would… And they do. All the time.
I can make an origami swan.
RE: Origami Swan
Show us please.
That’s a nicely folded crane. I hear it called a “Swan” quite often.
I teach origami, so you piqued my interest when you mentioned it.
Back to the topic:
Not that long ago an education was a luxury in most parts of the world. I wonder if there’s a trend towards public education’s easier access, and a corresponding decline of creationists? I have noticed that the most vocal are usually the one’s at the furthest point of the spectrum, and they are fewer, and fewer. Mayhaps, perchance, we may live to see the day when reality (The REAL one) is taught to all, and everyone will learn to understand our universe and all that is with in it.
The site where I learned how to do it said swan. The bastards lied to me.
And here I thought America was the most ass backwards country (besides many African Nations of course). What the fuck!
What the fuck, indeed.
Are you serious? Whatever stupid shit America may do, we’re not even close to being bass-ackwards. I like what Oprah said (paraphrasing), To be born in the United States, regardless of race, color, creed, income, etc…is to be one of the luckiest people on earth.