I fully believe that we should teach children ALL the theories that are out there, in full and impartial context - tell them what we think about
evolution, and why we think it. Tell them what we think about creation, and why we think it. Tell them what we think about 'An Interview with a
Vampire' and why we think it.
Teach them everything we know about everything we think, and let them decide.
Of course, there are two reasons why this doesn't work:
1) nobody is impartial.
2) children have parents who are not impartial and have their own ideas as to what their children could think.
3) We have a very limited time to get an almost unlimited amount of information across.
So we can't teach everything. However, evolution is based on study, study is associated with academia. Evolution, thus, is appropriate to a school (or
any other teacher/student) setting.
Creation is based on the bible, which is a very elderly book written by men (or women, or aliens), quite some time ago. Taking the events depicted on
the bible to be true is based entirely on faith, faith is not something learned - and not, therefore, if any parents who would try and breastfeed
their children on faith, something that can be taugh - but something that must be found for oneself.
I would thus consider creationist views and their context less fundamental to a childhood education than evolution and its context.
PS - to those who disagree and plan to teach faith to their children from an early age: Consider God and Santa Claus. Neither are provable, but many
parents will teach both to their children from an early age. Children trust their parents, and faith in said parents is carried over into apparent
faith in both (a) God and Santa Claus. Eventually (cover your eyes if you're under 10 years of age) children learn that Santa is actually one of their
parents eating the cookies, drinking the brandy and stuffing the stocking. When this happens, that same child realises that their faith in their
parents was misplaced, and loses all faith in Santa and there is no logical reason for the child to retain faith in another story their parents told
them, of God, except that the cost of testing the Santa habit (=no stocking) is considerably less than the stated cost of breaking the God habit
Which is a dirty trick on the parts of a thousand generations of parents.
edit on 5/12/2010 by TheWill because: Because I AM AN