This article from Science Daily discusses the results of a survey on the teaching of evolution in the United States. Among the more salient points:
Less than one-third of high school biology teachers believe that God had no part in evolution, nearly one-half believe God had a hand in evolution, and almost one in six believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
This quote from the study’s authors says it all:
Even the strongest legal ruling “still gives boards of education, school districts, and especially teachers considerable leeway” he says. Teachers are still in charge of implementing state standards, adhering to court decisions, and integrating textbooks into their classrooms. “And about this,” the authors write, “we are less sanguine.”
The authors are presumably upset with the half of teachers that believe God played some sort of role in evolution. But isn’t insistence on God’s non-activity as much of a religious belief as insistence on his activity? And wouldn’t that be teaching religion in school? And isn’t that “bad”? The authors don’t address that point.
Fortunately, there is a solution:
Rather than adjusting government regulations, Berkman et al. argue, raising the certification standards for teachers could have a significant impact on the amount of time they spend on evolution.
Those pesky teachers simply need to be reeducated.