Education is really at a cross roads now. Which way it goes will decide where we go as a nation into the future. The biggest problem as I see it is in the nature of playing games with science to appease a certain type of religious people.
In this every expanding world of science and technology we cannot afford to appease a few by adding religious faith into the realm of science in our school systems. No more haggling over Galileo like issues, we are quite done with hiding from knowledge here in the 21st century.
They have every right to create their own schools and to home school to keep their progeny safe from secularism and all those other people they are afraid of in our society. And their progeny will reap the awards or disasters of this type of education.
Knowledge, curiosity and questioning what it all means is not an enemy to science or religion and science is not the enemy of religion or of faith and practice. But some truly have made knowledge and science the enemy and they cannot speak for the great majority who have faith and also support scientific knowledge as the best form of knowledge to teach everyone in our education system about.
The only controversy is that some want a special lesson to be taught to the many and it is based on one chapter of the bible.
I don't think it is worth it to ever concede to these folks one bit, for the good of humanity and our nation, and our religious freedom, science marches onward.