I think I mentioned that this is the time of year when many of us who choose to homeschool are poring through catalogs, and searching for curricula and texts to use for the following school year. I am certainly no different; except I happen to be looking for a couple years out, rather than for this next year.
I look at a variety of sources, including those publishing companies best known in schools: Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Steck-Vaughn, Houghton-Milton, etc.
Now, in my search today (amongst one of the above listed companies), I found a book that stated the following:
Grade Level: 8 – 11
Reading Level: 2-3
Mind you this is a single book! A book whose content is supposedly at a “high-school” level, but which has an early elementary reading level! Is it just I who sees a major problem with this?
I also look at publishing companies that cater to the homeschool market. Frequently, those tend to be “Christian” in nature.
Now, to clarify, I consider myself a Christian. However, I have discovered there are varying degrees of “Christianity”, and these “degrees” tend to show in the book published.
I have to tell you, from viewing many of these books, I would say I see a great reason for seperation of church and state in learning. Some of the things I read just blow me away.
For example, I read one book that flat out said that Catholics were not Christian. Huh?!
Currently, I am reading a book that Drew will use for his World History course. Overall, I would say the book is well written, and I have very little issues with it. I have even decided to use it. That said, I have BIG issues with Chapter 8. It deals with scientific discoveries in the 1800s and then tries to reconcile them theologically. Aargh!
Since when was it a good practice when talking about faith to totally discard logic?
“Many of these men also accepted the idea of great lengths of time needed for evolution and thought that they could prove that the days of Genesis were not 24 hour days but long ages of time. In this they rejected the idea that God created all things directly and promoted a kind of Deism.”
How? How did they reject God as Creator, simply by thinking / believing that a day in Genesis was not necessarily a 24 hour day? It does not say this.
And, as this is related to the theory of evolution, who is to say that when God created all things that he did not allow for evolution in his creation?
Later, not two pages over, the authors put forth, “While his theory is true in regard to finite man, Einstein did not consider the fact that God is outside of time and space.”
Umm, if God is outside of “time and space” then wouldn’t that lend credence to the idea that a Genesis day may not be 24 hours?
Now, I’m not trying to state my own position here, I am simply trying to point out I don’t see the logic in their arguments. In fact, I find them incredibly illogical.
Yet, as I said, I have decided to use the book. And I will include Chapter 8. It does have worthwhile historical facts that the children should know. Additionally, it will make a great exercise in logical reasoning and the importance of using it.
Oh gotta go — phone call.