If anyone was looking for reasons not to support Israel’s public school system, including the dati leumi schools, here is another. Davka at a time when the Ministry of Education is run by a man who wears a yarmulke and sports the title “rabbi” the ministry has decided to introduce Darwin’s Theory of Evolution into the state curriculum. According to the YNET report, the theory of evolution will be a part of the 5775 school year curriculum in religious and secular public schools alike. It will be taught in eighth and ninth grades as part of the science curriculum, the same core subjects Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron insists must be a part of chareidi chinuch to become eligible for equal state funding as public schools.
The estimated 15,000 students who take a biology bagrut matriculation exam will have to study Darwin’s theory.
The ministry’s panel of experts has decided to include this into the curriculum under “Ecosystems and Interactions between Artists & Children and their Environment”, which will expose many students to this theory based on kfira.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)