Bill Nye "The Science Guy" states that evolution is "the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology"–and if we want to advance, we must raise a "scientifically literate" generation and not subject today's children to evolution denial. Listen:
NYE: Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological civilization—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.
...And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.
Nye also spoke about evolution and science education in an interview with Popular Mechanics.