Creationism is a religious concept. Religion is based upon faith and zero facts. Also, we are a country that claims that there is a separation between church and state. It would be nice to keep it that way (though they aren't completely separated today anyways). Evolution is considered a theory, yes. However, it is considered a theory and not a law due to required explanation with evidence. A law would be "warm air rises." It just does. We can't use historical evidence to explain that. Look at all the evidence supporting evolution. There is no way it isn't true. Those who deny it are just ignorant of the evidence. Meanwhile, creationism is inferior in that it lacks any evidence. As stated earlier, it is a concept based on faith. Faith is not something that belongs in the classroom, nor should it ever belong in the classroom. Hence, there should be a federal ban on creationism in schools.
Creationism and Intelligent Design are not science. Don't take my word for it, check out the Dover PA court case that reached that conclusion, and under a presiding judge that was a Bush appointee, no less.
Do we need a federal ban? Perhaps not, though considering how terribly local school boards sometimes act, maybe a ban wouldn't be such a bad idea. Certainly it quash the all-to-frequent flare ups of creationism, which only distract from greater issues and leave some people with the mistaken impression that there is something "wrong" with evolution.
I am of the opinion that the sooner schools (here in the UK, as well as the rest of the world) move to being secular, the better. I am not saying there is no place at all for religious education in schools, children, after all, need to function in the real world and they need to understand different cultures and their beliefs and traditions, just as they should be educated about what different political systems stand for.
Children could be taught about different faiths, not to be persuaded of something, but to be enabled to think well, critically and logically. One of the primary goals of education ought to be that when children leave school, they well equipped to evaluate claims and to judge their merits. I believe religion to be a deeply personal matter, parents can teach their children about their own faith at home, they can take them to their places of worship, what they must not be allowed to do is to interfere with the right of every child to a good education, an education which will serve them well in this life (not some uncertain future one).
By supporting creationism in schools, you are supporting lying to people for their education! Why anyone would want creationism in schools is beyond me. Evolution is obviously the factually based argument and creation needs do be destroyed, along with religion, but that's another story. Anyway, creationism should 100% be removed from schools.
The major problem with teaching "creationism" or its more subversive relative "intelligent design" in public schools is that you must teach ALL of the creation accounts in order to give everyone a fair shake. That's hundreds or even thousands of creation stories to be taught to our young minds. Perhaps instead of wasting their time with so much superstition and nonsense, it would be better to give them the Theory of Evolution, which actually has substance behind it. The classroom is most certainly not the proper place for people to decide what they think is true; it's the place where children learn what has become accepted as true through the rigorous process of the scientific method and inquiry. Let the battle between ideas remain in the scientific community, not in the classroom.
There should be tolerance for people's view of life and whether or not they believe in God(s). If we are to be teaching students scientific theories, they should be able to study and/or speak of religious theories within classrooms too. A theory is an educated guess supported with some evidence. It's prone collapse to nothing or be alternated to fit new found discoveries over time. So it is an on going search for the truth (fact). We shouldn't be forcing each other's theories down another's throat. Instead, allow each other have our faith in whatever theory we believe.
No, there should definitely not be a ban on this ideal. I am not as culturally knowledgable as I would love to be but, I believe "creationism" appears in a handful of cultures and religions, but not all. I think it is very important that children be eased to a wide variety of cultures. A closed-minded person tends to be very ignorant, priest or physicist. It is the responsibility of a school to provide the "wing with which we fly to heaven" as Shakespeare put it. Many people argue that it is not factually supported science, and I completely understand you. But, the mysteries of life/universe will never be factually supported, so all we know, is that they are there, and there is noting we can do about it.
Curiosity is an inborn intellectual alertness - and must be encouraged and cultivated in order to produce in the adult mature scientific attitude and the ability to think creatively in solving problems encountered throughout life.
Avoiding controversy stifles curiosity and inventiveness. The real goal of education is the acquiring of understanding. So it isn't fair that the adults decide on one of the theories of how the world began, and only teach that, banning everything else. Especially because creationism is no less scientific or more religious than evolution. It is impossible to prove any particular concept of origins to be true, scientifically. Origins can never be repeated and therefore cannot be observed. These facts violate the essence of the scientific method (experimental observation and repeatability). Creation cannot be proved scientifically. Why? Creation is not taking place now, and is therefore inaccessible to the scientific method. Also, it's impossible to devise a scientific experiment to describe the creation process, or even prove that such a process can take place. In the same way, evolution cannot be proved scientifically. If evolution is taking place today, it operates too slowly to be measurable. To transmute one kind of organism into another would presumably take millions of years, and no team of scientists can make measures on any such experiment. The small variations in organisms which take place today are irrelevant as there is no way to prove that they actually change into different, higher kinds. These small variations are to be expected as much in the creation idea as evolution.
Many leading evolutionists have admitted this. Professor L. Harrison Matthews said "Belief in evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation - both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither, up to the present, has been capable of proof." Faith is required to believe either creation or evolution.
To qualify as a scientific theory, a theory must be supported by events, processes, or properties which can be observed. A very important criteria for qualifying is that a theory must be capable of falsification (must be possible to conceive some experiment, the failure of which would disprove the theory).
Neither creation or evolution can be proven scientifically.
It is not right that one or the other gets taught in school and the other kicked out. Both should be discussed and the student decide for himself which one is right.
Creationism and evolution are not mutually exclusive theories. You can't say that if one is true then the other is not. They can quite easily coexist.
I am a firm believer in creationism as are many well educated people I know. There is no more evidence to say that evolution is true than there is for creationism so each should be given equal weight until one or the other is proven or disproved. Which it is not even close to being proven at the moment.