David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies pulled by publisher

I wasn't going to write about this but I think I need to. I was raised on David Barton's historical revisionism, studying from his books and reading his literature. Barton argues that mainstream historians have it wrong, and that the founders really were all devout evangelical Christians who intended to found a Christian nation. In a move reminiscent of creationism, Barton essentially argues that mainstream historians are engaged in a cover up, but that he can give you the real story.Well, C … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Homeschooling, Academics, and Socialization

Briefly describe your experience being homeschooled, including the amount of interaction you had with other homeschoolers or non-homeschoolers (socialization) and what sorts of textbooks or homeschool program your family used (academics). Joe: Not being homeschooled, I have no experience with it at all.  But, we churched exclusively with homeschoolers.  We never had friends outside of this church and, if we did, were banned from them immediately.  Homeschooling was God's plan for everyone and p … [Read more...]

Teaching “Both Sides”?

I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and like many homeschooled students, I studied from creationist science textbooks. The most prominent science curriculum in our community was Apologia, which calls itself an "educational ministry" and offers "Learn, Live, and Defend the Faith" as its motto.Creationists often argue that creationism should be taught in public schools alongside evolution so that students can "hear both sides" and decide for themselves. Beside the obvious … [Read more...]