You know, people have their beliefs, much less their knowledge of things, change all the time. Many of them are either too religious or too political for this board--but that's rather the point, isn't it? Those are things we hold dear to us, things we consider an important part of who we are, but people do change them.
As for education, well, of course it can change what people think!
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"