Skip to comments.Home-schooling special: Preach your children well
Posted on 12/04/2006 8:31:37 AM PST by Sopater
TO THE unsuspecting visitor, Patrick Henry College looks like a typical American liberal-arts college tucked away amidst the rolling green farmlands of Virginia. Its curriculum is far from typical, however, and anything but liberal. Witness this lecture on faith and reason in an idyllic red-brick college building reminiscent of colonial America. As the speaker takes to the podium, several students silence their cellphones. One puts down his copy of The Wall Street Journal and takes out his Bible. They bow their heads and pray to Jesus, then stand up and sing a hymn, belting out "Holy, holy, holy" with gusto. Eventually, the speaker addresses the crowd.
"Christians increasingly have an advantage in the educational enterprise," he says. "This is evident in the success of Christian home-schooled children, as compared to their government-schooled friends who have spent their time constructing their own truths." The students, all evangelical Christians, applaud loudly. Most of them were schooled at home before arriving at Patrick Henry - a college created especially for them.
These students are part of a large, well-organised movement that is empowering parents to teach their children creationist biology and other unorthodox versions of science at home, all centred on the idea that God created Earth in six days about 6000 years ago. Patrick Henry, near the town of Purcellville, about 60 kilometres north-west of Washington DC, is gearing up to groom home-schooled students for political office and typifies a movement that seems set to expand, opening up a new front in the battle between creationists and Darwinian evolutionists. New Scientist investigated how home-schooling, with its considerable legal support, is quietly transforming the landscape of science education in the US, subverting and possibly threatening the public school system that has fought hard against imposing a Christian viewpoint on science teaching.
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When will we begin applying the scientific method to global warming?
oops, I should have put global warming in quotes: "global warming"
Oh phooey! Not true. My sister has homeschooled for years. Her oldest kids had no problems getting into secular universities. One's a structural engineer, the other has a degree and is a pilot.
The Colfax kids (Homeschooling for Excellence) went to Harvard, and they homeschooled in the 70's and 80's.
If a parent is smart they will teach what Darwinism consists of so that the child will know what it is rather than indoctrinate the child (as the school would) that this is the only scientific truth. I myself am not a Biblical literalist, but definitely do believe that the material world had/has a Creator. Darwinism is used in school indoctrination to support atheism unfortunately.
Quite the hit piece. So now we homeschoolers are subverting the public school system. Sorry, I have no intention of offering up my children to the tender mercies of the NEA socialists, much to the writer's chagrin.
This article demonstrates the same kind of arrogance that I find among many home school critics. I had a neighbor offer to teach my kids science, to counter our indoctrination. She was surprised that my wife jumped on the opportunity
and even more surprised that my kids new her material better than she did
but still didnt believe it.
p.s. Who formed the vast home school conspiracy and let me know about it?
Nope. Not all homeschoolers do it so they can better indoctrinate their children in religion. Many do it simply because they believe they can provide a better education in a safer environment.
"is quietly transforming the landscape of science education in the US, subverting and possibly threatening the public school system..."
If the US public school system is really so fragile that it is threatened by the small minority who homeschool and attend parochial schools, then they need to make some major changes, like, yesterday.
Oh, boo-hoo! The home schooling phenomenon must be hurting them financially now.
As the oh so erudite britishers slide back into the barbarism of moloch worship (statism), their anxiety increases concerning those who are unwilling to go down with their sinking cause. Disease resents health.
Exactly. I've told my kids that, in the Bible, God told us what he did. It's up to scientists to figure out how he did it. Faith and reason do not have to be at odds with each other.
Oops, sorry antiRepublicrat, I just more closely read your post and I believe that I misread it the first time. My apologies.
"my kids new her material better than she did"
They "new" her material? You're not the one doing the homeschooling, are you? ;-D
Cornered carnivors, and ideologs on their last legs, are most vicious and dangerous. Like Peter Pan's Tinkerbelle, public education will disappear when enough folks simply quit believing in it. As my favorite marxist jesuit put in,
What a warped and narrow view of home schooling. From this article you would think that the entire motivation for the American home schooling movement is to teach children creationism and hide them from evolutionary biology. We home school our kids and know dozens of families who do the same. I don't know a single one of those families whose primary motivation to home school was creationism. I know a lot of them who wanted their kids to learn to read before 4th grade, and a lot of them who wanted their kids to learn American History from a viewpoint that America is not the greatest force for evil in the world. You can make the argument that home schooling is strongly driven by the desire of parents to have their kids get a Christian education, but creationism is only a small part of that and then only for some families. My kids know God created the world. They also know the chemistry of DNA and current theories of matter energy. I think these folks at the "New Scientist" magazine are in for a big shock in 15 to 20 years when the big brain jobs s at the JPL and the Salk Institute, etc are dominated by home schooled kids.
I like the chart that shows the estimated h/s population. About time they came up with updated figures, I have been hearing "1.1 million" for years now and I knew it had to be twice that by now.
The first wwave of homeschoolers has graduated college and is starting to make a difference. Within a couple years we're going to see a huge new homeschool demographic; the homeschooled graduates homeschooling their own kids. I expect the curriculumn market to grow and diversify even more as people like me, who know homeschooling works because we were homeschooled, start trying out new things. I think there will be some changes no one is expecting.
Wrong. I think homeschooling is great. And I don't like the public perception that homeschoolers are whackos or Christians who don't want their kids to get a proper science education.
Sorry, I wrote back a little too quickly.
Note he uses the word "virtually". I guess that means he doesn't think there are "enough" regulations. Every state (except mine) has homeschool regulations. In some, homeschooling is regulated very heavily.
Also, his description of homeschoolers doesn't fit my state where the Christian/secular ratio is reportedly 50/50.
And here's something curious: He's going on and on about how creationism isn't science. But then he throws in a note about Southern Baptists opposing homosexual activism in public schools. As if the theories pushed today in schools about homosexuality are soooo scientifically sound. LOL.
"Wrong. I think homeschooling is great. And I don't like the public perception that homeschoolers are whackos or Christians who don't want their kids to get a proper science education."
Right....and some of us just think it's grand when our kids are 1-3 grades ahead of the public school products come "test time".
I have the same objection. Darwinism used to be considered a theory. They even called it the Theory of Evolution. Now, to some, it is at least as much Holy Writ as the Bible is to me.
I'm teaching my kids that there are competing theories, but when they get to college they're only going to hear one side of the story. I tell them to keep an open mind and consider all the evidence, that understanding God, Creation and our place in the universe is the work of a lifetime, and we won't find all the answers here.
Oops. I should've typed "she". I see the writer's name is "Amanda".
From a homeschooler's blog about this article:
Nov. 13, 2006 - Negative Press on Homeschooling from Scientists
Posted in Education
Here's a nice little article from NewScientist.com, leading off with a description (completely unbiased, of course) of Patrick Henry College as a doctrinaire breeding ground for scientific illiterates. Writes intrepid investigator Amanda Gefter (after all, she courageously invaded a den of Evangelical Christianism):
"New Scientist investigated how home-schooling, with its considerable legal support, is quietly transforming the landscape of science education in the US, subverting and possibly threatening the public school system that has fought hard against imposing a Christian viewpoint on science teaching." [Emphases mine]
As opposed to the thoroughly godless viewpoint currently imposed on Christians in the public school system, of course. It's their state-given duty to brainwash us.
I don't know about y'all, but I'm getting a bit weary of the "homeschooling as theocon conspiracy" meme. It's been running here in the local papers lately as well.
Were you aware that we homeschoolers are "well organised from the top down, led by groups with strong political ties" and mind-controlled by the likes of "the Discovery Institute, Exodus Mandate, HSLDA and Patrick Henry College"? Now, thanks to Ms. Gefter, you know the truth.
Not that she's bigoted towards Christians, or anything, or would ever try to construct a bogeyman out of homeschooled six-year-olds.
However, we might do well to question Ms. Gefter's investigatory prowess when it's apparent she doesn't even know how to Google. Here are some facts that are just a tad more accurate, and freely available online, from the National Center for Education Statistics [emphases mine]:
Which is why liberals despise home-school. They want to control the morals of children.
It is indeed a "work of a liftime". I believe that's why we're here, sort of a "proving ground".
As far as home schooling, I certainly would present the THEORY of evolution along with biblical teaching. I firmly believe, that with both, and His gift to us of discernment and "true" discrimination" most people will realize we did not rise out of the primordial ooze.....JMHO.
I wonder if this is a strawman
Pray for them. It's more of a spiritual problem.
"From this article you would think that the entire motivation for the American home schooling movement is to teach children creationism and hide them from evolutionary biology."
The guy that wrote the article believes there is no more important issue out there today than the Creation-Evolution debate. To those people it trumps all other things in life and they think that everyone sees it that way.
These students are part of a large, well-organised movement that is empowering parents to teach their children creationist biology and other unorthodox versions of science at home, all centred on the idea that God created Earth in six days about 6000 years ago.As Ann Coulter documented in Slander, the media never seems to be sure whether the Religious Right is a pathetic group of gullible, disorganized zealots, or a well-groomed, well-funded and well-represented God militia. Here, it seems, New Scientist takes the latter position.
New Scientist investigated how home-schooling, with its considerable legal support, is quietly transforming the landscape of science education in the US, subverting and possibly threatening the public school system that has fought hard against imposing a Christian viewpoint on science teaching.Yehaw!
He is appalled by some home-schooling textbooks, especially those on biology that claim they have scientific reasons for rejecting evolution. "They have gross scientific inaccuracies in them," he says."Inconceivable!" squeaks Brian Alters. Evidently, he never read Jay Wile's science books to know. But it doesn't matter; any argument against neodarwinian evolution is summarily unscientific in their opinion, so no matter whether it's a scientific reasoning on irreducible complexity, or "God did it" it's unscientific to them.
"They would not be allowed in any public school in the US, and yet these are the books primarily featured in home-schooling bookstores."Psssst! Brian! Maybe that's why Christians are homeschooling? Ya think?
"If they go on to secular university, home-schoolers are in for some major surprises when they get into an introductory biology class."Ummm, not really. Most of the homeschool science books explain what evolutionists believe. Mine certainly did. And from science museums to nature books, I was never in doubt about what evolutionists taught. The science behind the water cycle, or photosynthesis, or cellular respiration, is not any different when taught by a creationist than by an evolutionist.
Home-school parents are able to teach their children this way thanks mainly to a group called the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)Actually, we're able to teach because of our God-given right. The HSLDA just helps folks see that more plainly.
This lack of regulation may be skewing science education in US homes, says Alters. "Poll after poll shows that approximately one out of two people in America reject evolution. They think the scientists, teachers and textbooks are wrong," he says. An even higher proportion of home-schooling parents may reject evolution, Alters thinks. "And they're going to be teaching science?"Newsflash, boys! Check the stats! Homeschoolers can outperform your public schoolers under the desk!
Until recently, most home-schoolers who were learning the evangelical version of science chose to go on to secular universities because such institutions tend to be more academically rigorous than Christian colleges.From what I understand, private colleges outperform public universities too.
Many such universities today accept home-schooled students, although this was not the case a decade ago.Some colleges actively seek homeschooled students to add to their population. Probably because they know that homeschool students average higher test scores than public schools.
"Very rarely do universities dig deep into the details to see what books a student has used," says Jay Wile, a PhD in nuclear chemistry from Rochester University in New York who left academia to write creationist textbooks for home-schoolers.So they do acknowledge Jay. They should have told that Brian guy about him.
It worked. By 2004, PHC students held seven out of 100 internships in the White House, a number even more striking when one considers that only 240 students were enrolled in the entire college.I don't suppose that would be because these students are so bright. Naaaah.
Well, I think the planet is warming, but so is the rest of the solar system.
Makes one wonder how our greenhouse-gases got to the outer planets and their moons.
Good post - thanks!
It would be a mistake to teach your kids that scientists are figuring out 'how God did it'.
I teach my kids that scientists *start* with the assumption that there is no God and there pronouncement proceed from there.
Totally unreliable as a 'reasonable' method for determining 'how God did it'.
Considering the number of people who swallow junk science whole I would say that the home schoolers couldn't do any worse then public school does.
Whether it is "a compulsory subject" subject or not obviously the scientific method is not being taught in public schools either.
...their pronouncements proceed from there.
Must be my public school edumacation, sheesh.
Those who can't do...
Not all scientists start by assuming there is no God. My husband is a scientist. He is very much convinced that science supports the evidence of God, as there is an elegance and order to the universe that cannot be happenstance. There are many more scientists like him. We know several.
A Tabacalera Perdomo Seleccion Estate Vintage 1991..ought to work just fine.
I would too. I personally find that most home schoolers have been taught to think and reason to a far greater degree then their public schooled counterparts.
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