A Change of Heart?

The backlash against the South Korean government's plan to remove evolution from high school science textbooks has caused officials to reconsider, reports ScienceInsider's Rachel Nuwer. In May, a South Korean creationist group called the Society for Textbook Revise petitioned the government to drop two examples of evolution from high school texts in that country.

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