Saturday, May 15, 2010

Family--Our Best Apologia Ever

Wednesday afternoon, Davis Carman of Apologia Educational Ministries spoke at the online Schoolhouse Expo.

I know many use the Apologia Science curriculum, but he mentioned the development of their new new, Bible/Worldview curriculum entitled What We Believe.  The first is Who is God?.  The second will be coming out this year and is entitled Who am I?

The reason I (and he) mentioned the new curriculum was because he spoke about the importance of having a Biblical worldview. 

He quoted a Barna Group study to show why we should be concerned.  I'll share a few of the scary facts.

Only 4% of those in the study had a Biblical Worldview.  Of those who consider themselves "born again," the percentage jumps up to a whopping 9%.   Five of the seven major influences are the media (TV, radio, music, books, internet).  The other two are family and public policy.  Notice that the church is not one of the major influences. 

He made the point that we need to see our kids as our primary mission field.  This is the reaon we need to do intentional parenting which includes making choices in which curriculum and books we use.

He mentioned that according to a 2007 NCE study,  the number one reason for homeschooling was religious and moral instruction.  He gave many references Deut 6:1-7, Psalm 78:1-8, Proverbs 22:6, and 3 John 1:4.

He had an awesome quote from Martin Luther, "I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth."

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