In describing a “camp for atheists” (that’s not an entirely accurate generalisation, but it’s close) Ruth Gledhill notes the following:
At Camp Quest, children will be led to believe that science, which forms the main substance of their instruction, is incompatible with religion and religious beliefs, not because a scientific education makes this fact self-evident but because children at Camp Quest ‘learn about science, the scientific method, critical thinking’ alongside ‘world religions and church-state separation’, a correspondence which is normally avoided and criticised by atheists and mainstream educational establishments, rather than encouraged, even if it is to discredit links between the two spheres. (emphasis mine)
That, in a nutshell, is one of atheism’s biggest problems.
I’m one of those people who’d like to see hard science and math education become the “core” education in our schools, as opposed to the arts or social sciences, which is the case now in the Anglophone world in general and the U.S. in particular. Looking at the end result of such an emphasis would lead to engineers and scientists at the top of our society (as is the case in China) rather than the lawyers. The reason why this isn’t so is complicated, from cultural factors to the systemic problems our public schools have in retaining science and math teachers to the fact that excelling in any scientific educational track is hard work.
Many Christians might think that this would lead to a diminishment of faith in our students. But I know better. And so do the atheists, which is why, at places like Camp Quest, they have to lard a curriculum in scientific discovery with materialistic philosophy to get their point across.
The fact that a scientific education doesn’t make atheism self-evident per se is a serious problem for the purveyors of anti-theism.