The Theory of Evolution and all other scientific theories should be introduced and taught in this manner.
The problem we are having, here on FR and elsewhere, is that Intelligent Design wants into the game without doing the requisite research and testing. It wants to bend the rules, to do pretzel science, anything it takes to get into the science classrooms. And it is not science.
If you go back to the The Wedge Strategy, the whole plan to promote "theistic-science" was laid out in detail.
It certainly appears that this plan is being implemented by the Discovery Institute and others.
But what is their research budget vs. their public relations budget?
What discoveries have they made?
Your post accurately on what science is and how it is rigorously tested, but I can't see ID included except, along with astrology, phrenology, and phlogiston chemistry etc., as examples of non-science or discredited science.
If these subjects were taught in science classes in this manner I would have no objection.
But I think the creationists would really prefer to see ID taught in science classes in such a way as to be a subset of their religious beliefs.
For more details, you might check out some of the transcripts and the judge's decision in the recent Dover trial. I think they are linked through PatrickHenry's List-O-Links.
I agree with what you're saying in this message. I believe I pinged you because you expressed (strong but unspecified) agreement with a message in which phelanw asserted that: "Education is always a dialogue between opposing viewpoints." (Emphasis added.)
The pretense that there is always an opposing view worthy (on merit) of heuristic attention can only be maintained by some sort of intellectual relativism. The actual case is that sometimes there is a (or are multiple) viable and worthy opposing view(s), and sometimes there isn't/aren't. Intellectual honesty and academic integrity do not permit us to pretend (lie) to learners about the actual state of affairs.