Isn't it something like 40 to 45 percent of U.S. citizens that don't accept evolution or are unsure? And it's been like that for a while too I think.
I wonder if the reason increasing Education spending won't help is because Public schools are going against religious institutions which have probably 10 to 20 times more capital to push whatever message they want. Even if a kid learns about evolution, they will be reeducated by their parents most of the time and then pass the misinformation onto their kids as well.
My uncle has been saying lately that "the internet is the worst thing invented by mankind". I just laugh even though he is serious. He says, "No one in America makes anything anymore because of the internet", then I say "Wait a second, I make things and use the Internet" since I'm a software developer. Of course he is just mad because he's a postal delivery person and now everything is done on-line (bills, shopping and such). I know he is just afraid of change as most people are.
I think to myself, sure the internet makes a lot of misinformation available to people, but it is also a source of good information capable of combating the misinformation. I am very thankful for freedom of speech, and am ever vigilant against those that wish to dismantle a democratic government. Is it a perfect government, no, but no government is.
One thing people don't realize is that this democratic government is the only balance against religion and the alternative.
“Like the Nazis, the cadres of jihad have a death wish that sets the seal on their nihilism. The goal of a world run by an oligarchy in possession of Teutonic genes, who may kill or enslave other 'races' according to need, is not more unrealizable than the idea that a single state, let alone the globe itself, could be governed according to the dictates of an allegedly holy book. This mad scheme begins by denying itself the talents (and the rights) of half the population, views with superstitious horror the charging of interest, and invokes the right of Muslims to subject nonbelievers to special taxes and confiscations. Not even Afghanistan or Somalia, scenes of the furthest advances yet made by pro-caliphate forces, could be governed for long in this way without setting new standards for beggary and decline.”
-Christopher Hitchens, The Enemy