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Do not believe in evolution, or the screwdriver

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The debate over the exclusion of the theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey has now reached a new level, thanks to a man heading the board in charge of overseeing and approving all textbooks and educational materials used in Turkish schools.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the details of the new curriculum and to defend it, Board of Education head Alparslan Durmuş contested that contrary to reports, the theory of evolution was actually included in the curriculum - through its reflections in various courses.

“Do you ‘believe’ in the screwdriver? Do you ‘believe’ in the pincer?” Durmuş asked another official during the news conference while trying to explain himself.

“You say ‘I use the pincer.’ Just like this, do I believe in evolution? No, I don’t ‘believe’ in evolution, but I do use it. I use it in biotechnology and to explain certain biological........

© Hürriyet Daily News