My 14 year old daughter is in Grade 9 in a public school in Edmonton, Alberta. I have had the chance to look over her science textbook (Science in Action 9. Published by Addison Wesley, Copyright 2002 Pearson Education Canada Inc.) during the Christmas season to see just what it says about evolution.
Unit A covers ‘Biological Diversity’ and it is broken down into four sections:
1. Biological diversity is reflected in the variety of life on Earth.
2. As species reproduce, characteristics are passed from parent to offspring.
3. DNA is the inherited material responsible for variation.
4. Human activity affects biological diversity.
Looking at these sections, it would seem that the subject of evolution is inescapable. I move on to the first section to see just how the single most important concept in Biology is presented in this unit.