It’s been well known for a long time that the homeschooling world is largely dominated by religious wackos who, in an effort to control their children, pull them out of the public education system in order to teach them all about Jesus and how evolution is the devil!
But a great article that appeared on Yahoo News the other day reported just how widespread the religious loonies are within the homeschooling world:
Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.”
“The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”
This is not education but a grotesque perversion of it. This is how you create a generation of slaves.
And it’s not just parents but there’s an entire industry there contributing to this slavery of the mind:
Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.
“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.
The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn’t attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.
“Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling,” says the introduction to “Biology: Third Edition” from Bob Jones University Press. “This book was not written for them.”
The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its “History of Life” chapter that a “Christian worldview … is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is.”
When the AP asked about that passage, university spokesman Brian Scoles said the sentence made it into the book because of an editing error and will be removed from future editions.
Yeah, obviously directly lying to kids was just an innocent typo like when you find a history textbook that accidentally prints statements suggesting the Holocaust never happened. Honest mistake.
But the real gem of the article comes from the response to Jerry Coyne from the guy who unintelligently designed this creationist curriculum:
“If this is the way kids are home-schooled then they’re being shortchanged, both rationally and in terms of biology,” Coyne said. He argued that the books may steer students away from careers in biology or the study of the history of the earth.
Wile countered that Coyne “feels compelled to lie in order to prop up a failing hypothesis (evolution). We definitely do not lie to the students. We tell them the facts that people like Dr. Coyne would prefer to cover up.”
This appears a few paragraphs below a quote where Wile innocent suggests he’s merely a businessman catering to the largest demographic. Yes, clearly it’s not because he’s got his own ax to grind.