What a Durmus. Stating “We believe that these subjects are beyond their students comprehension” Board of Education Chairman Alpaslan Durmus signaled that evolution would not be taught in schools in Turkey. In a video posted on country’s education ministry’s website, he labeled what has been accepted as an empirical scientific fact since the 19th century as both debatable and controversial. According to The Guardian, chapter on evolution will be removed from ninth-graders’ biology books, forcing those who wish to learn about what the current leader of the Catholic Church has acknowledged to be real to wait until college. The life of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a secularist, will also be given less attention. And the final changes to the nation’s curriculum are expected next week at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and will take effect in 2 years. The proposed changes were reportedly made available at the start of the year for public input. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally approved the removal. When not watching as his thugs beat up Americans in front of his country’s embassy in Washington, DC, with little to no repercussions, Erdogan has overseen the arrests of more than 50,000 people since a failed coup attempt in July 2016 while grabbing immense power in April through a constitutional referendum that could allow him to be president until 2029. Always 1 to display an interest in student affairs, a 13 years old was once charged after posting what was deemed an insult to Erdogan to Facebook while a university student got pulled from class over his own demeaning social media messages.

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