Dispute over Top Homeschool Texts Dismissing Darwin, Evolution

Biology books by Apologia and Bob Jones University Press, two top homeschool curriculum textbooks dismiss the popular Darwin theory of Evolution to homeschool students causing college professors, homeschooling mothers, and many others to become appalled and speak up. Specifically, one AP reporter wrote about a secular homeschooling mom’s “outrage” who thought her 10-year-old daughter was going to “have a coronary” when she encountered passages in her biology textbook which disputed Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

Many professors such as Professor Jerry Coyne who runs the blog WhyEvolutionIsTrue.com and Professor Porter, the director of the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University, believe that the government should ban the textbook. “If this is the way kids are home-schooled then they’re being shortchanged, both rationally and in terms of biology,” Coyne said. He argued that the books may steer students away from careers in biology or the study of the history of the earth.

 “So should the government ban them or censor them, said Rob Shearer Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center. Ah, tolerance – extended by the liberal main-stream media to every imaginable political, religious, or sexually deviant interest group, except conservative Christians. America, what a country!”

Or should parents of homeschooled children have the right to have a textbook that only focuses on Christian beliefs rather than scientific beliefs?  Should parents make sure they teach both so that kids are prepared for the reality they face when they take Science classes in college?Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.” With Christian-based materials dominating the home-school education market of  more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. it is no wonder many of the most popular homeschool books contain a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation.

Although the majority of homeschooler’s are Christian-based there are a few such as Mia Perry who home-schooled her children after removing her oldest from a public school because of a health condition who finds it hard to find quality non-Christian textbooks for homeschoolers. “We’re not religious home-schoolers, and there’s somewhat of a feeling of being outnumbered,” said Perry.

Both publishers Apologia’s “Exploring Creation”  and Bob Jones’ “Biology” Third Edition defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings.

“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.”

Adam Brown’s parents say their 16-year-old son’s belief in the Bible’s creation story isn’t deterring him from pursuing a career in marine biology. His parents, Ken and Polly Brown, taught him at their Cedar Grove, Ind., home using the Apologia curriculum and other science texts.

Polly Brown said her son would gladly take college courses that include evolution, and he’ll be able to provide the expected answers even though he disagrees. “He probably knows it better than the kids who have been taught evolution all through public school,” Polly Brown said. “But that is in order for him to understand both sides of that argument because he will face it throughout his higher education.”

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Apologia Educational Ministries: http://www.nestlearning.com/apologia_s270.aspx

Bob Jones University Press: http://www.nestlearning.com/bju-press_s268.aspx

Source: Dylan Lovan (AP)

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