RE: [asa] Another Nice Bashing Post from Denyse O'Leary

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Thu May 03 2007 - 17:35:01 EDT

If one looks at the McGuffey readers, , used early in our country, one can see religion, sense of right and wrong, being taught. Public schools cannot teach morality, remember: whose morality? Therefore, they teach none and unruly students are the name of the game. Total chaos! Who wants that for their children? If you can afford private schools, you will definitely send your children there.




From: on behalf of David Buller
Sent: Thu 5/3/2007 5:09 PM
To: Donald F Calbreath
Cc: ASA Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [asa] Another Nice Bashing Post from Denyse O'Leary

On 5/3/07, Donald F Calbreath <> wrote:

        The discussion about preparing homeshooling materials has been somewhat humorous, because nobody in the discussion seems to understand why many Christians homeschool. The movement is particularly strong here in the state of Washington, and I have been involved with homeschooling groups for years. The materials you want to develop would get absolutely nowhere with parents and students - they can send their kids to public schools if they want them indoctrinated with the evolutionary ideas that would be put forth.

Just as a comment, because I believe that after nine years of homeschooling I do have a pretty good idea of why many Christians homeschool. Also, many of my friends homeschool or go to Christian schools, and many families in my church homeschool as well. I disagree that it is simply a matter of "evolution in the public schools, creationism in the homeschools." My parents didn't want to send me to a public school because of the warped view of morality and also because of the anti-God attitudes that often prevade it. They decided to homeschool so that my siblings and I could get a Christian-centered education complete with Bible classes. That being said, I really don't think that it had nearly as much to do with the actual science of paleontology, biology, evolution, and geology, even though my parents accepted YECism.
Homeschooling parents often think that the choice of "creation or evolution" is a simple matter of "atheism or theism." Donald says that OEC/TE materials would get "absolutely nowhere," but I disagree. If parents could be shown a more rigorous scientific alternative that is faithful to Scripture, I'm sure that many would eat it up. Donald says that if you're going to be taught evolution, you might as well go to public schools. I think that there's a little more to object to public schools than just evolution, no matter what you believe.
-David Buller


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