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Home schooling and christian beliefs, is there a correlation?

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."

Those who don't, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

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.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:03 PM on Mar. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:03 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • I am a Pagan homeschooler, and none of our curriculum is Christian in any kind of way.
    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 10:15 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • I'm an atheist homeschooler, so not in my home.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • I'm an atheist and I am thinking about homeschooling mine.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:30 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • What's wrong with that? I have alot of amish in my community and they set up thier own private schools. I don't think there's anything wrong with people fallowing there religous beliefs.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • What's wrong with that? I have alot of amish in my community and they set up thier own private schools. I don't think there's anything wrong with people fallowing there religous beliefs.


    I dont believe anyone suggested there was anything wrong with it.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:35 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • I am not sure I really understand your question. Is there a direct correlation between the fact that most homeschoolers are Christian AND the Christian based biology books are best sellers?? Well Yeah...I mean DUH

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 10:46 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S


    Well, how about we look at it from a ::gasp:: business standpoint. Are the majority of home schoolers Christian?  Might demand push Christian based material? hrmmmmmm....  Parents have a right to put their kids in public school, private (parochial) school, or home school... If Demand encourages a free market to offer more competition ( Christian based home school materials), then it seems like a no brainer...  Their decision does not impact anyone else's life~  Not sure why this is news worthy.. Perhaps an attempt to further the divide of Christians and secular progressives, but this time in the home school arena? 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:50 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • "Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market" ...

    Oh, they do NOT !! I homeschooled our three kids, my husband was THE homeschool person for K - 8 for our entire area's school district for 10 years. Our children's friends were many homeschooled children.

    So we have years of involvement, and literally hundreds of acquaintances in homeschooling.

    Sure, there ARE Christian homeschooling materials out there. But so what?

    A majority of the "materials" I used were simply classic children's books, math & science texts from school libraries, etc. I never used any homeschool "program" (Teach this on Monday, then add this on Tuesday, etc.)

    "83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children "religious or moral instruction." ... like parents of public-school children are SUPPOSED TO be doing. That's why morality is left out of public education, it's supposed to be left up to the parents.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 10:54 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

  • We are of Christian faith, we home-school and we have all kinds of teaching materials, including some Christian based.
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:02 PM on Mar. 6, 2010

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