Things They Teach in Christian Schools

If you’d like a glimpse at the kinds of things they teach in many non-Catholic Christian schools, take a look at this video. It shows some of the appalling things taught in textbooks from Bob Jones University and A Beka Books, which supply most of the textbooks for those schools and for Christian homeschoolers.

Examples from A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press Curricula from Bruce Wilson on Vimeo.

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  • grumpyoldfart

    Well, the world always needs factory hands and garbage pickers.

  • http://en.gravatar.com/mrupright Mr. Upright

    grumpyoldfart @1:

    Well, the world always needs factory hands and garbage pickers.

    Sadly, kids who are taught that stuff go to Patrick Henry College (sic), where it’s a straight shot to internships in Congress (and formerly the Bush White House).

  • Alverant
  • John Pieret

    And soon you may ban books and newspapers. And then you may turn Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind.

    – Henry Drummond

  • Michael Heath

    grumpyoldfart writes:

    Well, the world always needs factory hands and garbage pickers.

    Mr. Upright states:

    Sadly, kids who are taught that stuff go to Patrick Henry College (sic), where it’s a straight shot to internships in Congress (and formerly the Bush White House).

    Some kids do, and they’re the more fortunate ones. A few others even more fortunate escape this sort of abuse once they reach the age of majority or soon after; I’m one of these*. But most are life-long victims of such abuse.

    I point this out because from my perspective, even liberals are complicit in this most insidious form of child abuse. A type of abuse that fucks people up psychologically and limits the educational and career opportunities relative to children of secularist parents.

    *I was not home-schooled, instead I attended a public school. However the church I was raised in promoted essentially the same arguments in this video. That church stereotypically wielded control far beyond a mere two hours of Sunday School and Worship Service. Additional activities include youth groups, Sundav evening services, Wed. prayer meetings, off-site conventions, and heavy influence over the local public school board.

  • Michael Heath

    The video documents the evils of liberalism. I’d be interested in understanding what political ideology the publishers of these books argue was the referential political ideology that led to the U.S.

    When I was young in the late-1960s/1970s conservative Christians claimed our founding ideology was classical liberalism. The adjective was used to dishonestly* differentiate between liberalism during the founding from modern liberalism**. That’s because conservative Christians had already started defaming modern liberals.

    *When I escaped that environment and started teaching myself actual history, I was shocked at how similar the liberalism practiced by the Washington Administration was from modern moderate liberals like the Clinton Administration.

    **Of course liberalism has evolved, that’s a subject different than what I raise here.

  • Martin Zeichner

    To John Pieret @ #4

    – Henry Drummond

    AKA Clarence Darrow

    I personally take some comfort in knowing that the internet is much more difficult to control than books and newspapers. Especially when those who desire control don’t understand what the internet is. But they try. They do try.

  • StevoR

    Things They Teach in Christian Schools

    Shit, crap , rubbish and absolute lies.

    That’s what they teach. Idiots – or so they hope to produce.

    They do fail though and smart kids are capable of thinking even still.

    Eppur si muove.

  • raven

    I’ve seen this before.

    Fundie xians set their kids up to fail.

    Then they fail.

    I’ve seen two kids homeschooled. Not by fundies.

    Homeschooled often but not always!!! means NoSchooled.

    One kid could barely read and I’m not sure the other could read at all. As young adults they both struggled a lot. One is now dead of a drug overdose.

  • NYC atheist

    I went to a high school that used a beka books, which are published by Pensacola Christian College (sic). Look them up, if you have a particularly strong head and desk.

    Incidentally, did you know that global warming is a conspiracy between scientists and politicians to push socialism on an international scale?

  • NYC atheist

    @6 heath

    The bible. Full stop.

  • caseloweraz

    NYC Atheist: I went to a high school that used a beka books, which are published by Pensacola Christian College (sic). Look them up, if you have a particularly strong head and desk.

    An example:

    Biology: God’s Living Creation — $46.65 paperback, 532pp.

    I know textbooks are expensive, but this price seems high for a paperback book of about 500 pages. Of course, I expect they don’t sell in great quantities. I left off the description; it’s about what you’d expect.

  • Trebuchet

    May I put in a plug here for FTBlogger Dana Hunter’s excellent reviews of Christianist “educational” materials? She reads that junk so we don’t have to.

  • NYC atheist

    @12 caseloweraz

    I remember that book. A lot of quote mining about evolution. Very little actual biology. I bet it’s still in my parents house somewhere.

  • magistramarla

    My daughter and son-in-law are considering homeschooling for their little girl in order to avoid the openly theocratic public schools here in Texas.

    Their 16 year old son has had arguments with biology teachers in both jr. high and high school when the teacher told the class that the chapter in the text on evolution was all wrong but that they should read it in case there were any questions on the state test and/or the SAT covering that chapter. I supervised his online health course last summer and shocked him when I yelled “They are lying to you!” when we read the sex-ed chapter. I found an excellent reference published in the UK that was a great conversation about human sexuality for teens and had him to read that instead of the Texas-approved book.

    My granddaughter is not yet 3 years old, but is reading sight words with ease and seems to expand her vocabulary exponentially every day. She uses the abacus that we bought her for Christmas and can count by ones, twos, fives and tens with it. She’s understanding simple addition and subtraction. Her favorite kid show is called “Sid the Science Kid” and she will tell us that she’s “conducting a science experiment” when she studies something that is new to her.

    The parents researched preschools for her and found that she was way ahead of the curricula of even the best ones available.

    My SOL is a child psychologist who has chosen to be a stay-at-home dad for both kids (and the new little girl who is due on my birthday!), allowing my daughter to be a successful and high-powered executive. The two of them have been researching the requirements and curricula for each grade for not only Texas, but also several other states and have been less than impressed. They have been most impressed by curricula and textbooks in Canada and other parts of the UK.

    They are basically building an individualized curriculum for their daughter and plan to use textbooks and resources from the UK if they can lay hands upon them. I taught Latin from the Cambridge Latin Course, so I know that texts published in the UK tend to be better than the ones that we have available here in the US.

    As a former public school teacher, it saddens me that our educational system has sunk so low that my granddaughters won’t be well-served by it. However, I’m also happy that they won’t be exposed to the idiocy that is the Texas education system.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    @Alverant no 3

    I have to laugh at that umbrella diagram. The lines along each side seem to suggest water pouring off each umbrella. But with the Umbrella of Christ being wider and above the others, where does the water pouring off Daddy’s and Mommy’s umbrellas come from? What the diagram really says is Mommy protects the kids from Daddy, Daddy protects himself from Jesus while dumping on Mommy and the kids, and Jesus protects himself while dumping on the family. It fails on a number of levels.

  • monimonika

    @magistramarla #15

    Instead of “SOL”, did you mean “SIL” (son-in-law)?

  • StevoR
  • StevoR

    @10. NYC atheist :

    Incidentally, did you know that global warming is a conspiracy between scientists and politicians to push socialism on an international scale?

    Maybe they should ask evangelical Christian, Gingrich volunteer co-author (kinda) and expert climatologist Dr Katherine Hayhoe?

    See : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHYhovvLQyc&index=20&list=PL029130BFDC78FA33

    Wait they aren’t willing to listen to and have tried silencing her too!

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Changing the e to an a in Beka would be appropriate, since baka is Japanese for stupid.

  • otrame

    I keep wondering if Miami* will be completely abandoned before these people stop claiming it is all a lie.

    *Most coastal cities have a chance of surviving with sea walls and such, but Miami is sitting on limestone that looks like Swiss cheese and is already having problems with storm drains backing up during high tides. Not to mention that their aquifer is getting contaminated with more and more sea water as time goes on. Unless someone comes up with something really ingenious, Miami is gone.

    P.S. I third the rec for Dana’s discussion of those awful books. I don’t consider “within the norms of the wider community” religious indoctrination to be child abuse but deliberately refusing to give them an education definitely is.

  • https://usmiechkota.wordpress.com Mariusz Butrykowski

    “Beka” in Polish youth slang is a term for something laughable, as in “a barrel of fun,” especially since it literally means “a large/fat barrel.” Suitable name, though it’s spread isn’t funny at all.

  • whheydt

    Re: magistramarla @ #15…

    So far as I know, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth, but *not* part of the United Kingdom. There is also the minor problem that it’s unclear how long the UK will remain united.