Find me rigorous material in either microbiology or human anatomy that doesn’t involve evolution.
The question I have is: why are you teaching biology? There are many valid pedagogical goals. One could be to teach doctors anatomy for medical diagnoses. If that is your goal, then at least one medical text-book appears to think it’s okay to neglect evolution. From conversations with family and friends who are doctors, it seems you can often succeed just fine without knowing the details of evolution. I humbly submit that there are many other fields (bioengineering comes to mind) that are similar.
As I’ve argued before, in biology the key principles do not neatly stack on top of one another. Unlike in physics, many fields developed independently. This fact is neither good nor bad. But it should be considered when we’re having this discussion. Focusing on evolution is one way to teach biology. But it’s not the only one.
I have a similar critique for this comment:
The purpose of a *Public* education system is to teach children a broad-based, consensus education of the things society thinks they need to become well-informed productive citizens…
How do you define well-informed and productive? Informed for what purpose? What, exactly, do we want children to produce? How does learning evolution advance those goals? And who gets to decide what we mean by consensus? Until you answer those questions, I don’t see why evolution has to be mandatory for everyone. It could be included. But then again, it doesn’t have to be.