Saturday, September 01, 2012

Anti Science Idiots Do Not Speak For All Homeschoolers

I shuddered when I read  On The  Box with Ray Comfort Homeschoolers Miss Out on Sexual Promiscuity and Much More, it is anti science idiots like this that give homeschooling a bad name.

He says
I have met many kids who have been educated by their parents (using what one atheist on my blog called "idiot" home-school textbooks, and I have found that they are consistently respectful, well-adjusted to life, sociable with their peers, and extremely knowledgeable.

Not all us use those dreadful textbooks there are many secular textbooks available to homeschoolers, textbooks that teach REAL SCIENCE not this .....................................garbage. And I don't see how anyone can be considered knowledgeable when their "so called knowledge" is based on fiction not science. But if parents want to teach their children superstitious nonsense that is fine with me just don't pretend to speak for all homeschoolers.

He goes on to paint a totally biased portrait of public schools. While I am not a fan of the public school system and choose to homeschool my own children there are many good public schools out there that in no way resemble the public schools of Ray Comfort's fevered imagination.

He then says
Had home schoolers attended public school they would have also been brainwashed by an unproven theory about human origins,

The THEORY OF EVOLUTION  has been proven countless times, just like the THEORY OF GRAVITY.

No serious biologist today doubts the theory of evolution to explain the marvelous complexity and diversity of life. In fact the relatedness of all species through the mechanism of evolution is such a profound foundation for the understanding of all biology that it is difficult to imagine how one would study life without it. (page 99)
The examples reported here from the study of genomes, plus others that could fill hundreds of books of this length, provide the kind of molecular support for the theory of evolution that has convinced virtually all working biologist that Darwin's framework of variation and natural selection is unquestionably correct..... As Theodosius Dobzhansky a leading biologist of the twentieth century (and a devout Eastern Orthodox Christian), has said, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." (page 141) - The Language of God by Francis S. Collins

Why It's Important to Teach Facts NOT Feelings

More post on Homeschooling and the Theory of Evolution can be found here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

I highly recommend this book for teens (Grades 9-12). In a world where machines have turned on their human masters humanity must put aside their differences and band together in order to survive.

For those of you worried about profanity, it is on ONE page and makes sense in the context used. In a later chapter the term FUBAR is used but again makes sense in the context used and if your kids don't know what it is an acronym for then it's not a problem is it? And in the more genteel WWII era the F stood for Fouled.

Wilson wrote an outstanding book and the plot as well as the broader issues it explores makes it well worth reading.