Evolution is currently the most supported-by-evidence and therefore the most convincing theory of how organisms came to be. Until we come up with a better theory with more evidence to support it, there will be no need to rewrite textbooks or class plans.
I believe religion and their creation myths should only be taught extensively in a theology class (and ALL creation myths, mind you: Christianity is NOT the only religion with a creation myth), and taught in a purely objective historical and political perspective in other classes.
Of course, everyone with the money and with their right minds would send their children to private schools.
Private schools are generally:
- Smaller (teachers give more attention to students),
- Safer (less people usually results in less violence),
- Better (teachers are paid more = better education)
- Friendlier (because the students there are either wealthy or extremely aspiring, they are less likely to subject bad influence on others)
The only real disadvantage is that they are so costly, which resorts people to go to a local under-funded, under-staffed, under-qualified, and overall a terrible learning environment that is a public school.
No, religion can exist, even with science bearing down on it.
Religion IS outdated, but it is now an integral part of many, if not all, cultures. To take away religion would be to take away that people's identity.
Now, whether people need to grow up and stop resorting to religion for all their answers is another question...
Evolution. It has so much evidence from so many different scientists around the world that it's hard NOT to believe in it.
It's appalling how people can just dismiss hundreds of years of hard work and effort in this field of research with the simple reason that "Goddidit."
If the miracles of Jesus were proven to be historical events, it wouldn't affect my belief at all; it only proves that those events were documented, not that they were actually miracles.
For example, someone witnessing a card trick might write, "This man read the other man's mind and guessed which card he had," and someone a couple thousand years from now would discover this and proved that this event happened. Would that prove that the man read his mind as well?