I always love the fact the Bill Nye is SO damn polite when he talks about this subject, even though you KNOW it must be irritating the crap out of him that he has to defend something that he feels every child in America should be taught without any controversy.
However perhaps if he were to see exactly the kind of garbage these Creationists are subjecting children to in this country he might be a little less diplomatic.
Here is a clip of Creationist Kent Hovind destroying the ability of a room full of young children to develop critical thinking skills. (By the way if you so angered by this clip that you want to knock Hovind on his ass don't bother, he is currently serving a ten year sentence in federal prison for tax fraud.)
As you can see from the clip, there is no talk of a choice, but simply the refutation of evolution as irrefutably wrong. And it is said in front of children at their MOST impressionable ages.
In my opinion that is child abuse.
And even though Hovind may no longer be allowed to spread his poison, there are many more that have gladly taken his place, including Ken Ham the founder of the Creation Museum in, where else, Kentucky. And as I shared earlier, in places like Louisiana there are elementary school classes receiving funding from the state that present the most ridiculous versions of religion based "science" imaginable.
This is a BIG problem in this country and one that I think needs to be aggressively addressed by respected scientific spokespeople like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, who I feel have sometimes been a little TOO cautious in their responses. While they are carefully choosing their words so as not to offend the religious, our children are being dumbed down to the point that THEIR next contribution to the world of technology might be a a slightly improved version of the stone wheel.
P.S. By the way somebody suggested this link for the next idiot that says they don't believe anybody really know the actual age of the earth. Perhaps somebody should send it to Marco Rubio.