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

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 13:28:07 EDT

We've talked before on the list about an ASA-sponsored secondary level
textbook(s). Fabulous idea. Two barriers are always raised: time, and
money. The money problem, I think, doesn't have to be as big a problem
because of micropublishing -- it's easy and cheap to put a book up on Blurb
or Lulu. The bigger problem seems to be finding credible writers and
editors who can do this free.

On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 1:20 PM, George Murphy <> wrote:

> It seems to me that there would be an excellent opportunity here for the
> ASA to make a significant contribution - if we can shake free of the notion
> that we need to give YECs equal time.
> Shalom
> George
> <>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Douglas Hayworth <>
> *To:* AmericanScientificAffiliation <>
> *Sent:* Friday, April 11, 2008 12:58 PM
> *Subject:* Fwd: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks
> 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

David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
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