Posted: 30 Jun 2012 06:08 AM PDT
It’s true! As proud as I am to say that there are actually textbooks out there teaching homeschooled children that Nessie exists, it turns out that this time, it’s all about GOD! Ironically, I believe the Loch Ness Monster exists, but I don’t believe in God. What I find ironic is that most Christians date Earth’s creation younger than some civilizations that have existed, which naturally pushes out the occupation of the planet by dinosaurs, so yes, naturally I was surprised to recently learn that there are text books from a specific Christian cirriculum saying, that the Loch Ness monster not only exists, but the fact that she’s a living dinosaur swimming among men proves that evolution is false and creationism is fact.
The curriculum is being labeled ‘Accelerated Christian Education’ and frequently uses mythical and legendary creatures to attempt to prove creationism. The director of Victoria University's Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, Professor Ian McDonald, expressed his extreme displeasure with such tidbits being fed to homeschooled minds and says that it creates an educational disadvantage by not introducing a formal understanding of science and that the homeschool sector is highly unregulated. In fact, officials in Australia, where the material is being distributed at the moment, say that they don’t even know the number of homeschooled children in their country.
As a homeschooling mother myself, I think materials like these shouldn’t be allowed, but as parents we are allowed to teach our children what we choose and that should be our right. As professor McDonald says, however, children should be introduced to varying theories and allowed to choose for themselves, and I whole heartedly believe this as well. I have to agree in the severe disadvantage parents are forcing onto their children by not allowing them to have a basic understanding of the mainstream way of thought in the scientific community. How does that help them in college or later in life assuming they probably hope their children will be grow up to defend their beliefs? You can’t defend religious beliefs if you don’t hear both sides of the story and certainly our children are their own free spirits that should be given a choice and a chance to figure out what the truth is for them, even if painfully it is not the same as yours.
If you are among the millions of families homeschooling your children or thinking of doing so, please consider the source of your materials, their accuracy and a balanced view of the outside world. It will not help them at all to only feed them one side of the story and overly shelter them from the world around them because some day you won’t be there to continue the facade and they’ll be left with their own naivety and ignorance. Is that what you truly wish on your children? I certainly hope not.
Before you ask, yes, I do allow both sides of the story for my own children. Both have attended churches with grandparents and friends, my daughter quite regularly, and allow her to have her own beliefs, which are in fact Christian, even though I am not. She still has to do her meditation and yoga though and she certainly learns age appropriately about evolution. Perhaps Christian homeschoolers can do the same and trust in their own god and faith to keep their children’s hearts without creating an ignorant disadvantage in their lives.
Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:20 PM PDT
It’s definitely hard to explain the strange occurrence that happened in this Texas store in the middle of the night and caught on security camera footage. As you can see, its apparent that something is causing the disturbance but what? Especially when store employees have tried to recreate the event and have so far been unsuccessful. What do you think?
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