Earlier this week Italy removed the concept of evolution from middle school curricula. This caused a mighty outrage in the country.
Tens of thousands of Italians have expressed their disagreement with a plan by the minister of education, universities, and research, Letizia Moratti, to ban the teaching of evolutionary theory to young teenagers.
Fearing the measure will pave the way for creationist teaching, more than 40,000 citizens-and the number is still increasing-have subscribed a petition launched last week by some of the country’s top scientists through the daily La Repubblica.
(From The Scientist.)
However, the decision was quickly reversed.
According to a story in the April 28, 2004 La Repubblica, the largest newspaper in Italy, the decision by the Minister of Education and Research, Letizia Moratti, to drop evolution from the science curriculum in middle school has been reversed. Instead, evolution will be taught beginning with the elementary schools. Minister Moratti has named a commission to be chaired by Nobel laureate Rita Levi Montalcini to provide specific guidance on the subject of evolution.
I wonder if Kathy Cox has called Italy to offer her experience in damage control?