15 November 2012
Starting to Hate Christian Curriculum
Take this LIFEPAC sheet, for example. It's about five years old, so Pluto is still a planet. Easily explained. Cross out Pluto, and your textbooks are instantly updated! Not a biggie. But seriously. This is an English assignment in which Emperor is to look at the diagram of the planets and answer the questions.
He got the question about which planet would be the hottest incorrect. He answered Venus, and the correct answer is Mercury. I marked it wrong.
Emperor was unhappy. Venus is warmer because it has an atmosphere which traps heat, he explained. He shouldn't be marked wrong!
I suppose "according to the diagram," Emperor is wrong. Mercury should be the warmest planet. But it simply isn't. I checked Mr. Google and confirmed that Emperor is factually correct.
Maddening. Do I have to drop my Christian English curriculum because it doesn't check its science facts?
Our science curriculum is also a lovely, easy-to-use package. Most of the information it contains is pretty timeless and factually correct. Parts of a flower. Simple machines. That sort of thing. But I'm not using this stuff next year because it groups humans in its own group apart from all animals. The "scientific" reason being that Man has a soul and therefore is in an altogether different category by itself.
My kid would be laughed out of college if he seriously put that idea forth!
So I feel a bit stuck here. Man DOES have a soul. Our family DOES believe in God. It doesn't follow that Mankind is in its own completely different scientific grouping because the textbook authors don't agree with the current methodology for classifying animals.