Italy Removes Evolution from Curricula

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In reforming its school system, Italy has dropped evolution from its primary and middle school curricula.

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but I’m just catching up with things following hospitalization.

A post by David Wilson on translates one of the Italian news articles about this change and gives a summary of the situation.

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Sermonti is also the editor of “Rivista di Biologia”, and signer of the DI “intellectual doubters of Darwinism”

More on the controversy, mostly in Italian


In the Repubblica Newspaper Umberto Veronesi disagrees with Moratti

Italian scientists appear to be outraged

Vade Retro Darwin means “Step back, Darwin”

And I was worried that Alabama would lose biotech jobs to Italy.

I guess they will go to India after all.

Yes, that’s pretty unbelievable, frankly. I did all my studies in Italy, and I have to say that until the past couple of years I had never heard of any serious creationist activities. Even Sermonti was openly and benignly tolerated, because he was considered totally innocuous.

Then, last year some elements in the the far-right party Alleanza Nazionale promoted an “anti-evolution” week, which gathered some rather scornful media attention, but also not negligible public participation to meetings and “seminars” in some Italian universities. Probably emboldened by Alleanza Nazionale’s crucial role in the coalition government, and acting completely below the radar, these same elements have now managed to delete all references to evolutionary theory from elementary and middle school curricula.

We’ll see how it will end up - nothing in Italy is ever definitive. It certainly has managed to unify a usually very fractured scientific community.


Has the Vatican been anywhere in sight here?

“vade retro darwin” is by analogy with “vade retro [me] satana”, usually rendered as “get thee behind me Satan”.

the vatican actually made peace with darwin a long time ago since evolution and natural selection don’t really pose a significant threat to catholic dogma. note that in america for instance there is a conspicuous lack of creationist or ID sentiment from the Catholic bishops or laity…

Do not fear, the ruling was reversed. There really aren’t many creationists in Italy, evolution was dropped because it was too complex to explain correctly to middle school kids… What’s going on now is that evolution will be reinstated.[…]/studio.html

Matteo, I was pleased to see this news too.

But I tend to agree with your second point. The vast majority of Italians, I believe, attend high school. So why not wait till then?

Maybe someone with school teaching experience could weigh in on this.

Italian high schools work like this:

At the end of mid school, you pick an address (classical, scientific, linguistic, or a professional school, basically). Not all addresses have biology in the curriculum, most in fact don’t.

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