Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution. The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to eliminate “controversial” topics, the head of the national board of education, Alpaslan Durmus, announced in a video address. “If our students don’t have the background, the scientific knowledge, or

information to comprehend the debate around controversial issues, we have left them out,” Durmus said. The new curriculum will go into effect for the 2017- 2018 school year. It was crafted to emphasize national values and highlight contributions made by Turkish and Muslim scholars, Durmus said. History classes will look beyond “Eurocentrism” and music classes will focus on “all colors of Turkish music,” he said. READ MORE