Originally Posted by Fish
While this is totally true, the OP says it's a mandatory thing. And the rules are pretty clear on separating church and state.
While I agree that science belongs in the public school, and not creationism, the rules aren't very clear about church and state issues. Also, the founders didn't have much concept of public schools. What they did have a conception of was religion in schools. Emphatically. Religion and schools were completely wedded together.
The cartoon is not accurate.