The Daughter goes to what technically is a religious school, Catholic, to be precise.
Now, for any schools to have their diplomas recognised by the state, they need to teach the curriculum set forth by the government
. For instance, there are some Jewish schools in Antwerp who refuse to teach human reproduction, common ancestry with monkeys and Ancient Egypt (and probably some other stuff). As a result, the diplomas they issue are not accepted in any colleges or universities.
So, this creationism was taught to her as part of, not science class, nor biology, but as religious studies (a mandatory course of two hours per week). It was clearly stated that this was a fictional story ... just like all the other creation myths and ... the kicker ... it wasn't even genesis they were taught. In stead, it was the Chinese creation myth of Pangu and his black egg.
Funny thing is, the Pangu myth is closer to reality than genesis
. In this myth, the universe is chaos which then coalesces into different sorts of matter. Then, Earth is formed (by Pangu) and only when Earth is ready do humans evolve from animals.
Clear proof that the Pangu myth must be true!!!
Of course, it does get a few things wrong, like the time for Earth to form is 18000 years and the universe was 18000 years old when Earth started to form. Also, humans evolve from ... Pangu's lice.
Actually, this sounds like a standup comedy routine from 5000 BCE.
Aaaaaanyway ... the teaching of creationism ... Belgian style.