Oh, the competition for grants is not an objective process. It's a human process. I'm sure there's favoritism, politics, fads and so on going on. My point was that it is not a gov't decision, but the decision of professional scientists. Sure, the gov't can earmark research for some fields and not others, but they don't have say in how the money is allocated beyond that.
And there are gov't run science agencies, too - like the CDC, NASA, some military centers. But the ones where non-gov't scientists compete for grants, are agencies that have money allocated to them. Then they decide how it is spent. I imagine if they wildly misspent it, they'd get their funding taken away. It's just that scientists are generally better at deciding where their research money would be best applied. Gov't officials are basically stupid when it comes to science - if they actually decided how it got spent, we wouldn't learn anything.
Yeah, most evolution is now taught in physical/biological anthropology. I'm not sure why the biologists retreated from that but if you check out most university calendars, you'll see what i'm saying. Mind you, that's just for basic evolutionary theory - the more advanced details I'm sure are taught in specialized biology/zoology classes.
I make a habit of teaching it in my intro course - both cultural and bio ones.
Regretably, I think that when the interests of government are applied, the heart of the matter is politics. And that means corruption. It is not of course within our own country, but all countries. The larger the economies the greater deviation....
The school system in this country is atrocious. It is not my personal opinion, but of the teachers that must teach in it..., of course with the government as its "support/enforcer".
I saw an interesting PBS film of an anthropological/historical dig in Pennsylvania, of Irish railroad workers in the 1830's....Have you seen or heard about it?