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

From: John Walley <>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 13:56:50 EDT

For whatever its worth, Charles Thaxton's wife develops a home school
science based curriculum called Konos that is not YEC but presumably ID
oriented although I only know of its existence.

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Behalf Of Dennis Venema
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008 1:43 PM
To: AmericanScientificAffiliation
Subject: Re: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

Thanks for the comments, Doug. Yes, I was thinking about the jr. high level
Christain school / homeschool market as well, where everything labeled as
"Christian" 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.

I'll 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
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
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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