Some evangelical homeschoolers are OK with evolution. A small step?

Not everyone who homeschools their kids want their kids to be scientifically illiterate. Are we seeing a backlash of parents who want their kids to have quality science texts?

Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution – David R. Wheeler – The Atlantic.

For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials. Kids can start with the Answers in Genesis curriculum, which features books such as Dinosaurs of Eden, written by Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. As the publisher’s description states, “This exciting book for the entire family uses the Bible as a ‘time machine’ to journey through the events of the past and future.”

It’s no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What’s less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.

There are still major issues apparent in this story. Religion is still seen to be in conflict with public schools. The woman featured is using some questionable methods instead like the Waldorf method.

The current choices available to those who are evangelical Christians but want good science are limited because the books are produced by staunch anti-science Creationist outlets. Rejection of modern science characterize these leading textbooks. I’m not clear where this story fits into the picture. They still hold onto a belief in the hand of God. But it is a small step in the right direction. It’s not quite teaching good science though if you still have to invoke intelligent design somewhere in the process.

The rising number of homeschool families striving to reconcile belief in God with today’s scientific consensus has attracted the attention of at least one publisher — Christian Schools International in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Most science textbooks that attempt to present the content from a Christian perspective also attempt to discredit the theory of evolution,” says Ken Bergwerff, a science curriculum specialist at Christian Schools International. “Some do it discreetly; others are quite blatant. The CSI science curriculum clearly presents science from a Christian perspective, but does not attempt to discredit the theory of evolution. The content presents God as the author of all of creation, no matter how he did it or when he did it.”

It’s… good… and perhaps the beginning of something better, to get kids used to the ideas of evolution is far better than demonizing it as has been done for decades. But the force of effort should be in the public sphere. Homeschoolers are a minority.

  2 comments for “Some evangelical homeschoolers are OK with evolution. A small step?

  1. March 11, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Creationists have great difficulty in seeing logic, but then so do compatibilists, people who accept both evolution and self-determination. In time pure evolution will win, however that may be a long time in the future and the human race may not last that long.

  2. Adam
    March 11, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    I expect that some people homeschool for reasons not related to religion. e.g. they may live geographically a long way from the school, or the child may have some medical condition which prohibits learning in school, or simply the parents believe they can do a better job than their local schools can. I expect all of them want sane textbooks where Jesus isn’t the punchline to every thing.

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