Why Are Christian Homeschooling Parents Pushing to Expose Their Children to Evolution?

The world of Christian homeschooling is undergoing a shift.

More and more, parents are seeking material that will “teach the controversy” on evolution. Although we tend to see that as a method to discredit evolution when used in public schools, you might think this is actually a step up in the world of Creationism-or-bust homeschooling textbooks — they’re finally teaching evolution, too — but there’s a little more to the story than that:

Christian homeschool science textbooks have long taught young earth creationism (YEC) almost exclusively. But observers say a growing number of parents want texts that also teach evolution.

“The YEC position is strong and ingrained in the homeschool movement,” said Sonlight president Sarita Holzmann, who homeschools her children and believes in a young earth. “That might be to our detriment.” She says students need to be able to evaluate different positions.

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Blue Ridge Christian Academy: The School That Gave Fourth Graders the Creationism Test Heard Around the Internet

The mystery has been solved.

A few days ago, I posted images of a fourth grade science test that was circulating online:

The story was that a Reddit user had gotten the images from his friend, whose daughter attended the unnamed school. Neither of them wanted to verify the name of the school… but the material was out there, so it wouldn’t have been long before we found out. Even the stellar Snopes website was on the hunt, saying they had contacted a school that could plausibly have given the test and were awaiting confirmation.

So the search continued… until today.

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Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss Discuss New Movie on Toronto Morning Show

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, stars of the new documentary The Unbelievers, recently appeared on Global News’ “The Morning Show” to talk about the movie. The interview was much longer than the duo’s recent appearance on CNN (and much more intelligent, too):

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Can Anyone Convince These Five Creationists That They’re Deluded?

Enjoy this episode of a BBC series called “Conspiracy Road Trip” focused on Creationism. The premise is that five Creationists are taken to America to be convinced of evolution by people who know something about it (including Jerry Coyne):

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More Background on That Fourth-Grader’s Creationist Science Quiz

On Reddit and the atheist blogosphere, this image was circulating last week:

It’s supposedly a fourth grade science test from a private school a South Carolina. But we don’t exactly know which school because the submitter wouldn’t say. He said he got the quiz from his friend whose daughter attends the school and they’d like to keep that information under wraps (for the sake of the daughter) until the year ends.

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