Okay, how do you think I am going to come down on this one?
“The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”
Those who don’t, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.
Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.
“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.
The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn’t attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.
“Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling,” says the introduction to “Biology: Third Edition” from Bob Jones University Press. “This book was not written for them.”
The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its “History of Life” chapter that a “Christian worldview … is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is.“
Okay, here is the bit – homeschoolers are being given educational materials which deny evolution and teach that a Christian worldview is essential to heaven.
I don’t particularly believe in evolution, and you should suspect that I am open to Genesis 1 not exactly being about a scientific undertaking on how God created everything. Here is my thing:
When your children are taught not to think, not to explore, not to deal with the adverse arguments against their system of beliefs – you know, with something akin to evidence and not ‘You are going to hell if you believe such and such because the Bible told me so’ – then you are creating mindless zombies which will eventually turn against you. We are no longer in the 18th century. Educational materials not approved by Bob Jones are free to the public on the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T.
For what it is worth, I want my children to learn about Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, Philosophy and varying sects of Christians. Not in a manner which is disrespectful to those other belief systems, but one which does set Christianity above them. I intend to use opportunities from their public school experience to teach them what I believe and how I overcome obstacles.
I can either teach them to believe that all Buddhists are going to hell, or I can teach them to understand Buddhism, do a little comparative religion exercise, and deal with Buddhism, work with a Buddhist, or even, dare I say it, talk to a Buddhist about beliefs. The same with Atheism. Baptists. Homosexuals.
I know a family in South Louisiana which homeschooled their 3 children. Very smart and bright children – I grew up with this family. But, the eldest cannot function in society, and as last I heard, still lives at home, in the same room he grew up in. His sisters live in mobile homes right behind mom and dad, married, with children, but again, still at home. They are isolated from the outside world, believing that everyone else is going to hell. Are the two connected? Maybe, maybe not. But the mentality which prevents out of fear children from learning about other things prevents these people from forming relationships and connections beyond their mailbox.
You know, I intend to teach them to THINK.
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