BY LAUREN FRAYER
When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution.
The Turkish government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum. Critics accuse Turkey’s president of pushing a more conservative, religious ideology — at the expense of young people’s education.
At a playground in an upscale, secular area of Istanbul, parents and grandparents express concern over the new policy.
“I’m worried, but I hope it changes by the time my grandchildren are in high school,” says Emel Ishakoglu, a retired chemical engineer playing with her grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. “Otherwise our kids will be left behind compared to other countries when it comes to science education.”