My first post for the group. I recently wrote a blog essay about why cereationists develop their beiliefs and advocate for mandatory teaching of evolutionary theory in the primary schools. See http://armchairdarwin.blogspot.com/
I think we can all agree that it's imporant to keep religious dogma out of the classroom, but I think it's time that we land a good right cross on the smug faces of the flat earth society by making it a must that young children learn evolutionary principles. What do y'all think? As it is evolutionary theory is very rarely taught in primary schools K-8, and very rarely taught well in secondary schools. The extremely good article by Williams that I cite in the essay is a very good read on the subject.
We know that people develop their world views at often a very young age. Simply the way we've evolved and the way our brains work make us very suseptible to creationism by default. Williams is in the UK and advocates madatory evolution in primary schools. If we get to the kids before the creationists, we may have a chance. If indeed the hold of religion is lessening around the world, this is certainly a logical step to take.
After I posted the essay, I felt that I was a little too generous perhaps with the more liberal Evangelicals. I kind of end the thing a little stupidly, so I welcome all to tear me a new one if you so desire.