Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution…

…and top public-school texts dismiss creatonism, intelligent design (but that goes without sayin’). Via Chattanooga Times Free Press. This story is appearing in just about every local paper today.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn’t taken a friend’s advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old’s biology lessons.

Mule’s precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth’s excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin’s theory. Read more…

5 Replies to “Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution…”

  1. So I’m a little confused. I’m under the impression that most homeschoolers use a religious based curriculum, so they wouldn’t believe in evolution anyway, right? This biology textbook from Bob Jones University (that’s a problem right there since there have been problems with most of the textbooks they publish) is saying that evolution is not true? As a homeschooling parent, were they looking to get a textbook that would prove that evolution was in fact the true course of nature? I don’t really think our public schools lean towards the theory of evolution but then again, it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at a biology textbook. I’m just curious as to why, if they are not looking for a religious slant on teaching their kids, why they would purchase a textbook from Bob Jones University (which is an in your face, all hell be damned, no one is right but us place).

    I’m trying to understand homeschooling better, even though I have friends who homeschool. E :)

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  2. I don’t find this article to be necessarily true anymore. Quite a few publishers who aim for secular homeschoolers include evolutionary theory in their science textbooks now. Ten years ago, definitely. But today, secular homeschoolers have a lot more options when choosing curriculum!

  3. Elysabeth, Good point. The article picks on Bob Jones because it’s an easy target. It’s hard to find a similar quote in Apologia science texts. But few non-religious parents would buy either text.
    Topsy, I agree, there are now (and always have been) plenty of books touting evolution to choose from.
    And Christine, its called The Pythagorean Theorem. :-D

  4. Hi! I don’t like the way the public schools teach evolution as fact…but I do think it should be taught. As a believer, I don’t believe in evolution, but too often it is spouted as FACT when it is, in fact, a theory. I’m confused as to why a parent using a Christian-based curriculum didn’t think about evolution not being taught in it…but, I reckon not all people would think about every little piece, right? ;-)
    Topsy-Techie, please let me know where to find some good secular curriculum, please!! I’ve been trying for a couple of years, and still only found one very expensive website!!

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