Re: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

From: Dennis Venema <>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 13:42:40 EDT

Thanks for the comments, Doug. Yes, I was thinking about the jr. high level
Christain school / homeschool market as well, where everything labeled as
³Christian² is only YEC.

I for one would be willing to do some work on this issue ­ i.e. develop
resources ­ if a few other individuals with a range of expertise could be
found to help.

Iıll look forward to your blog post on this issue!



On 4/11/08 9:58 AM, "Douglas Hayworth" <> wrote:

> On 4/9/08, Dennis Venema <> wrote:
>> Perhaps it is time for a high school biology text with sound science from a
>> Christian perspective? Has this issue been discussed here previously? Or do
>> resources exist that I do not know about?
> Hi Dennis,
> As a homeschooling father (and a PhD in evolutionary biology), I have thought
> about the textbook issue quite a bit myself. When I have attempted to start a
> discussion about it on this list, the response has not been very helpful.
> However, this disappointing response is not the result of the list
> contributors. I think it simply reflects the lack of good resources in this
> area.
> At the college level, I think the solution is easy. Just choose the best
> available textbook for the subject (i.e., secular) and supplement with the
> Haarsma book and aside-discussions of incidences where the textbook author
> makes statements that belie philosophical naturalism. In my experience, such
> occurences are very rare in college-level textbooks about core science
> subjects including life sciences.
> It is the junior high and highschool levels that present the real problem. I
> have not been able to find any such materials. As far as I've found, all
> Christian and homeschooling curricula are YEC on some level. I have resorted
> to using regular (secular) textbooks, but the problem there for the
> homeschooler is that answer keys and teaching aids are not readily available
> to the public. That's not a big problem for me (other than the additional time
> required), since I am qualified to grade things myself without teacher's
> resources, but it would be a show-stopper for any non-scientist parent.
> I've been invited to contribute to a blog about this issue next month, so I'll
> try to complete more specifics then.
> Doug Hayworth
> Rockford, IL

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