Natural selection: Evolution enters school curriculum, minus the apes
Shahar Chai
Published: 03.06.14, 09:13
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1. Evolution is a hypothesis not a theory
Lemmings Hotline ,   sd usa   (06.03.14)
2. So the Zionists want to prove that only Orthodox Jews
Chaim ,   Israel   (06.03.14)
come from man and woman, Adam and Chava, as the Torah states, while the secular and non-Jews come from apes. They surely act like it.
3. And the Zionists still have the chutzpah to demand
Chaim ,   Israel   (06.03.14)
that the PA recognize Israel as Jewish. Evolution enters Israeli curriculum while the Torah they want to send to Mars or at least to the moon. Is it any wonder that the the PA and the rest of the world do not recognize Zionist Israel as Jewish and they only see the real Jews as Haredim and some Daati Leumi?
4. I don't believe it ! Up till now, Darwin's theories
barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (06.03.14)
were not taught in Israeli schools ? Shame on all of you. Children need a broad background of information in order to develop their ideas. And one of the basics is the Darwin theory.
5. Well we wouldnt want them knowing the truth
Nancy   (06.03.14)
Heaven forbid
6. Evolution versa Creation !.
Arn. ,   Sweden.   (06.03.14)
I Quote - Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is considered one of the cornerstones of science, but the education system in Israel has avoided dealing with the subject until now due to the religious controversy it tends to raise. Comment - There is no controversy in reality. Creation is not about the Physical Creation as such but, its creation in the Firstling thus - 1st Book of Moses 1st chapter vers 1 - " In the Firstling the Angels/Gods/Elohims - He created the Heavens and the Earth " (groundtext) . Evolution is about the physical progress in the physical. Arn.Sweden.
7. To N.4 - I agree:
Scar P ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (06.03.14)
It is indeed a shame, an outrage. And it is one of the great paradoxes of Israel - backwards in certain details, like this example, and at the same time - brilliant, progressive World leading science, research and innovations.
8. no need for apes
Bluegrass Picker ,   Afula   (06.03.14)
The homids by themselves paint a complete picture. PS: anyone who imagines that evolution only concerns PHYSICAL characteristics ought to carefully read at [removed - admin]
9. Dark Ages anti-knowledge is NOT Judaism or Tora!!!
Jewish Mirror ,   Israel   (06.03.14)
Ultra-Orthodox are ultra-ignorant purveyors of sanctimony, abuse and khilul hashem It's about time Israel acted like rational, pro-knowledge human beings with backbones who have freed themselves from the Dark Ages ghettos of fanatics in tinfoil kipot to live in the real world
10. Stop using words like "theory"
Sagi   (06.03.14)
In the context of the time,place and era that Darwin published his Theory it was perfectly appropriate to use this word. Today evolution is a scientifically proven fact and Adam and Eve are fairy tales. Theory and hypothesis are no longer appropriate.
11. Israel wants to be a world leader in medical science?
It seems the height of political correctness to keep evolution in full out of the curriculum . If Israel wants to be s world leader n medical science is unthinkable that individuals should not be conversant with evolutionary theory. This is a case of religious coercion gone too far. In the end it's personal whether you choose to believe what you are taught in school.
12. At long last
Michael ,   Haifa   (06.03.14)
Israel is entering the nineteenth century, or at least, partially so. The Neanderthals of the Ministry of Education still defer to the "sensitivities" of the Voodoo men in the Religious Establishment
13. Israel claiming to be a modern state
Non Jewish Immigrant ,   Haifa   (06.03.14)
and doesn't teach its children about the origins of humanhood?? Israel is a laughing stock!
14. To #3 Both Haredi and Secular wrong
Andi ,   Israel   (06.03.14)
Torah IS taught in the Israeli state education system, especially in the religious streams, but even in the secular system there are bible and Jewish studies. Israel is most definitely a very Jewish State. Tell me another country that has tomorrow, Shevuot, as a national holiday, with hundreds of thousands including the secular staying up late tonight to study Jewish /Torah textst-and not just getting drunk as happens at most Western festivals these days. As for the theory of evolution-its a theory and nothing more with huge gaps in the development of higher species which are assumed to have occurred, but haven't yet been proven. Teaching it as a prominent and widespread theory is fine, as long as it is discussed as theory and not fact.
15. Look at all this balagan - religion vs science
barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (06.03.14)
What is important to remember is that children need information to base their ideas. They need also the religion to base their faith. Teaching evolution is not propaganda or brain washing. A wide range of educational subject matter will allow an average IQ brain to correlate facts and question or decide on their own. What ? The religious want their children to be robots - with no thoughts of their own?
16. Evolution is ongoing...
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (06.03.14)
Even today changes are taking place for those willing to see it... One example of many: Certain frogs in Australia are developing longer legs to migrate from drought areas to wet areas. You need only use the Search button on your computer to discover this and many more facts about it (also known as 'survival of the fittest'.
17. Another Reason...
Darren Ben John ,   Townsville Australia   (06.03.14)
.. to laugh out loud against jews and what they believe. Please colonize the moon or another planet, and let us humans get on with our lives.
18. #10
NilsG ,   Helsingborg, Sweden   (06.03.14)
You are in fact wrong, and the reason is you equate 'theory' with 'hypothesis', which is what is done in everyday speech. However, in scientific vocabulary, a 'theory' is a set of interpretations on observations that have been rigorously tested by many different researchers, have yielded solid predictions, and resisted falsification. As somebody said, "A theory is much more interesting than facts - a theory explains something".
19. MIT and Johns Hopkins
Sherlock Holmes ,   London England   (06.03.14)
Teachers should receive a range of materials such as 'Not by Chance: The Fall of the neo-Darwinian Theory' by Lee Spetner of MIT and Johns Hopkins. The book is endorsed by many porofessors of science including Nobel Laureate Professor of Biology Christian Anfinsen of Johns Hopkins.
20. Seems fitting, since the God-hypothesis is being widely
tom ,   tel aviv   (06.03.14)
spread by various occult groups, including our very own Men in Black! No no.1, it is not Darwin's hypothesis, it is a valid scientific theory: just touch your last vertebrae!
21. Way ahead of Darwin:...
Roland ,   London England   (06.03.14)
Aren't we Apes and Pigs according to Islamic belief ? If so ,it's time to be kind to us animals !
22. #14
NilsG ,   Helsingborg, Sweden   (06.03.14)
What I just said to #10. The difference is that #10 made an honorable mistake of vocabulary - you are just wrong.
23. Evolution in the Schools.
Zvi Zaks ,   San Jose, Calif   (06.03.14)
Better than nothing. I guess when they see that G-d doesn't destroy the schools. they'll enter the 21st century and teach the complete story of evolution.
24. #13, surely you knew what they teach in "Haifa" ?
jdc   (06.04.14)
25. #19
NilsG ,   Helsingborg, Sweden   (06.03.14)
Well played sir! You make an appeal to authority, in discussing evolution, and the authority in question is ... a physicist. My deepest respects. Bravo.
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