@ Submariner- While it is true that 99% of all species that ever lived are now extinct, you cannot expect species to evolve within the timeframe of human evolution. Before humans were around, species went extinct at a rate of about one to two species per thousand per millennium. In the recent past, the rate of extinction has climbed to about 80-100 extinctions per thousand species. In the future, it is predicted that we will be destroying species at a rate that is much faster than they can evolve, so we may end up with a situation where we have no more amphibians, or fish, or reptiles. We have no idea how ecosystems will respond to such huge disruptions in their biological diversity cycles.
As far as passing down education, this is mostly reserved for humans and a select few birds and mammals. This is called cultural evolution, and while it does happen on a human time scale, it applies to such few species that it would do no good. One imaginable scenario that could happen if we move the extinction rate beyond the evolution rate is a planet overrun by microbes, bacterium and viruses...not a friendly place for any species, including our own.