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Why do you think schools only teach Evolution in the final year of highschool biology in Canada?

Science is mandatory for atleast one credit of a highschool student, yet only one academic (these courses are required by universities as prerequisites) course in grade 12 offers evoultution in its curriculum.

I don't think the basic concept of evolution wouldn't be that hard to teach a junior science class, but by not doing so, only a fraction of people will learn about it. Ninth year curriculum goes over gestation, cell bodies and theories of space ETC. and everything else in the spectrum of science that carries onto the other grades such as plant life, cellular biology, physics, but not evolution.

Science can be dropped by grade 10 in Canadian high schools, and it will have to be taken as an elective. Many students do not need to take biology in order to fulfill university requirements and an academic biology seems as a deterrent to students who wish to keep there averages up.

Factoring out all of the students who do not wish to take biology, who do not need it as a prerequisite for university, who are in special education courses ETC. it seems that a very small percentage of the total number of students will ever be taught about the theory of evolution in the classroom.

Do you think this is because the multicultural and multireligious land of Canada would not want to have the same drama that is happening in elsewhere over evolution being taught in schools so they make it an elective if a student wants to learn about it?

Update:

Science is less of a prerequisite than math, but it seems the same. The pressure is usually brought on by the parents instead of the school, if you do not want to head into academia it is not emposed on you. You can chose either workplace (just for GED), applied ( trades ) or academic classes (university.) There are many religions and they offer religious studies classes which encompas every religion, and there has been no controversy over this.

When is evolution usually taught in the US schools?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Evolution is actually one of the easiest topics to learn for students and those who aren't obsessively close minded about actually end up liking it the most because it's very logical and easy for them to follow.

    It could be because of the whole multicultural/racial thing. It could be because Canada is trying to let it be the families decision, however, by not incorporating evolution into some of the concepts of Biology it may actually impair their understanding of those concepts as they are fundamental to a comprehensive understanding of why certain things are the way they are.

    I don't know (I've never been to Canada as anything other than a tourist) but how is the science scene up in Canada? They may also be more lax about this because they do not value science "as much" as other things (i.e they are more profitable focusing on some other area to bring in the mulaaa like with wheat crops or something)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't worry. With the US and (it sounds like) Canada falling behind in science, we will eventually lose our lead in technology and be taken over by a counter that promotes science. Once we are ruled by a technologically advanced foreign power, then science will pick up in "our" schools again.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think it's to make the theory of evolution, which obviously the immigrant parents wouldn't know about if they are refugees from say, somolia, iran, tobego, third world countries ect. unknown to those who do not want to stumple upon it. Which is sad.

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  • 1 decade ago

    because if kids are "too young" the overreligious parents complain

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