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Hong Kong's Darwin Defenders Declare Victory in Teaching Fracas

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Science  23 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5952, pp. 510-511
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_510b

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Scientists in Hong Kong are celebrating a partial victory in what is likely to be an ongoing war against proponents of teaching creationism and intelligent design in secondary schools. Last month, Hong Kong's Education Bureau decided to discount language in new science curriculum guidelines that had opened the door to teaching creationism and intelligent design in secondary schools. But the scientists' triumph is bittersweet. The Education Bureau has not revised the guidelines, choosing instead to issue its pro-evolution statement as an annex. And no one expects the few dozen schools in Hong Kong that openly espouse creationism to suddenly abandon it.