In Oklahoma (apparently they're not the only State doing this either), they are in the midst of trying to pass a law that intends to guarantee students the right to express their religious viewpoints in a public forum, in class, in homework and in other ways without being penalized. Although this sounds fantastic, what it in fact allows for is if a student’s beliefs are in conflict with scientific theory, the student can choose to express those beliefs rather than explain the theory in response to an exam question. A school would be required to reward the student with a good grade, or be considered in violation of the law.
Even simple, factual information such as the age of the earth (4.65 billion years) would be subject to the student’s belief, and if the student answered 6,000 years based on his or her religious belief, the school would have to credit the answer as correct.
Read the whole article. It's food for thought.