Mental abuse - Children are a special case - How can we defend them?

While talking with my little brother (Sophomore in high school) this evening I asked to see his Biology book. I grew up home schooled with the notorious A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum so I should have been ready for what I saw.

- "Biology for Christian Schools" (Third Edition) by Thomas E. Porch and Brad R. Batdorf - 2005 BJU Press

Of all the disturbing things in this school book I've decided only to quote the opening to Chapter 8, The History of Life.

"Many people debate issues concerning the origin of the universe—how it came into existence and how long ago life began. They suggest various explanations for the origin of life and often extend the estimates for the age of the earth further and further into the past. Christians need not wonder about the beginning of life, though, since it is clearly outlined in Genesis 1 and 2. Others passages in the Bible give us additional facts about God's creative act, the history of His physical creation, and even God's description of what will eventually happen to His creation. Collectively, these passages provide a divinely inspired outline of the history of life. Because God is the source of all truth, all accurate scientific knowledge will fit into this outline. Anything that contradicts God's Word is in error or has been misunderstood.
This chapter is designed to to help clarify what the Bible says about origins and to encourage Christians to trust the biblical worldview when interpreting scientific evidence. The first part of this sections defines the concept of a worldview and discuses aspects of Christian and non-Christian worldviews. The second part discusses how a biblical worldview affects the Christian's perspective when studying and using the science of biology."

Daniel C. Dennett puts forth a possible solution in his book "Breaking the Spell"

"Education on world religions for all our children, in public and private schools, and in home schools"

He spells it out in this short talk:

This sounds great, at least it sounds like a great start, but what can we do in practice to make it become policy? Are there better, more effective, methods that would protect children from being robbed of the wonder and splendor of the real world? Wouldn't it be evil not to work together to figure out the most effective methods for defending the defenseless and then put that knowledge into action?

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Tags: Abuse, Atheism, Challenge, Children, Creationism, Dennett, Education, Science

Comment by Dave G on December 2, 2009 at 1:31am
I'm guessing (hoping) that your brother is not going to a public school?
Comment by bubbzlove on December 2, 2009 at 1:39am
Correct...phew!
Comment by bubbzlove on December 2, 2009 at 11:04am
Yes, my little brother even made comments about how he has never read a chapter from this book and yet has maintained top scores on every test and thank goodness that it is a private christian school.

So the question seems to become, how can we do better? What can I do to push Dennett's policy forward and are there even better (more effective) ways to spend my energy?
Comment by Apple on December 2, 2009 at 11:25am
Now that is sad. It's bascially a textbook teaching kids that ignorance is a virtue.
Comment by bubbzlove on December 2, 2009 at 1:30pm
Well put, Apple. And I am optimistic that we can protect kids from these iron age ideas. Daniel C. Dennett says, "don't be angry, be amused, be proud. We've got them on the run!"

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