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."One issue is whether homeschooled children are being "brainwashed" (I put that in quotes because I do feel it is a very strong term for what happens, though not wholly inappropriate), or if they actually learn to think critically. The two seem to be opposites, I think. If anyone wants to try to make the argument that they're not, I'd be willing to listen.
But, if five out of six (or, 555 out of 666) homeschooled children are homeschooled by evangelical Christians, then it seems unlikely that homeschooled children as one group will be free from religious indoctrination (is that better than "brainwashing"?).
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."Editing error? That must be publisher speak for "changing our minds when we're found out".
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.
A few links to find more blogging about homeschooling:
Creationism, education, and the state
In the comments here you'll find an egregious example of a homechooled adult who thinks he and other homeschooled are critical thinkers extraordinaire.
Evolution and home-schooling redux
Jerry Coyne's blog - Jerry is in the middle of the debate.
Christian Mother Blog Button
Christian blogger on homeschooling.
Jerry Coyne has a post on a revealing discussion with Michael McHugh who sells homeschooling materials.
McHugh’s suggestion for how to educate your kids involves choosing which worldview suits them best, and then selecting the “facts” that fit this worldview. I am not making this up: he says it explicitly.