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  1. Now, today, they have announced that evolution is to be added to the National Curriculum for Primary Schools. This last news is especially welcome. I have long felt that evolution is much too important to be left until secondary school, and also that it is easy enough for younger children to understand. This welcome change is an encouraging response to strenuous lobbying – encouraging because it suggests that this government, contrary to expectation, is prepared to listen.

I'm currently in Taiwan and I am amazed that scholars in the second grade already have an understanding that they are somehow related to the primates and that things evolve. Although the ideas of evolution they express is sometimes very rudimentary or oversimplified (as one would expect from a grade 1 or 2 learner) such as we came from monkeys, it is nonetheless surprising that they accept it as part of life and the way things are. To them, evolution is as natural as growing older.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:23:25 UTC | #947215