Korean Children: Mankind’s Litmus Test

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Me: “How many baby animals are in the picture?”

Class: “Five.”

M: “Five? There’s two kittens and two puppies. That’s four.”

C: “Five – there’s a baby.”

M: “A baby isn’t an animal; it’s a person!”

C: [chorus] “People are monkeys. The baby is a monkey.”

What’s truly amazing here is that this conversation happened in my Phonics-level English class. Meaning the children in question are in (on average) the 3rd grade. Yet they already have a stronger grasp on human evolution than most Americans. Americans who are still debating the scientific merits of Darwin’s contributions 150+ years after the fact.

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