I like how this article clearly explains both sides of the issue. All of my education has been from Texas public schools and I was taught evolution with no mention of any controversy about it.
Some important points in the article:
|Still, the conservative faction, led by the board’s chairman, Dr. Don McLeroy, ...<snip>...Dr. McLeroy, a dentist from College Station who describes himself as “a Darwin skeptic,”
The "board" is Texas Board of Education.
|Though the requirement to teach strengths and weaknesses of theories was first adopted here two decades ago, teachers have largely ignored it.
|The federal courts have ruled that public schools’ teaching of either creationism or intelligent design violates the separation of church and state.
Some friends of mine home school. They do it for reasons that have nothing to do with the teaching of evolution but they say the vast majority of the people who home school do it because they don't want their kids taught the theory of evolution.
I think religion should stay out of public education. If parents want their kids exposed to ideas other than what they get in public schools they are free to do so. That's what churches are for.