Creationists have been trying to water down evolution in public schools at least since the Scopes trial. And they only pretend to be champions of critical thinking. Their plan is to offer students a choice between accepted, verifiable science and an account based on a narrow, fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible that even plenty of Christians reject.
Yes, it’s illegal to teach religiously based concepts of origins in public schools, but that doesn’t mean the schools all automatically follow the rulings or do a good job teaching evolution. Some teach it poorly, if at all.
One Tennessee woman has all but thrown down a gauntlet and demanded a duel in opposition to a proposed statue of Clarence Darrow, the attorney who defended teacher John T. Scopes when he taught evolution in a Dayton public school.