Elementary school students are being taught about the origins of evolution in grade 6, new CBS News report says
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Elementary school kids are being told about the origin of evolution, in grade six, in a new CBS/LA Weekly report.
The Elementary School Curriculum Vitae for 2018-2019 says teachers and parents are being asked to explain the evolution and its origin story to sixth-graders, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Our goal is to make this course the most relevant to our students, who are still learning about their origins and how evolution came to be,” Principal of La Mesa Elementary, Krista Lopes, told the Times.
“I want to make sure they understand it.”
A similar lesson is offered at Los Angeles City Schools.
A letter to parents states that students will learn about evolution, which was first theorized in the 1930s.
It says evolution is “a scientifically proven process of evolution by natural selection.”
Lopes said she doesn’t want students to have a preconceived idea about the subject.
The letter from La Mesa reads: “Evolution is a scientifically proven mechanism for evolution.”
It continues, “In our curriculum, students will hear about evolution in the context of the scientific theory of evolution as well as the fact that the process of natural selection continues today.”
The history of evolution and the origin and progression of life are taught throughout our curriculum and will be presented in depth to make our lessons more relevant to the world of sixth-grade science.
“According to the LA Weekly report, La Mesa schools use a curriculum called the LA Science and Technology Curricula, which focuses on STEM subjects.
The district is the first to offer lessons on evolution.
The curriculum is part of the new Elementary Curricule Vitae, which will be in place through the 2019-2020 school year.
It is intended to provide a foundation for the next grade, and will cover the science of biology, chemistry, physics, chemistry and physics, as well the history of life.