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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday Shout-Out: Homeschooling Freethinkers
We're homeschoolers. This does not mean we're religious. I've nothing against religion in general, but we don't fit neatly into any one spiritual category. I'm a scientist by training with a solid background in evolutionary theory and biology so, needless to say, creationism is not a part of our belief system.
We're not the only secular homeschoolers out there. A good portion of homeschoolers do NOT stay out of traditional schools for religious reasons. However, many homeschooling materials are designed for conservative Christian families, and it can be difficult to tell whether or not you're ordering something that claims the earth is only six to ten thousand years old.
Enter Homeschooling Freethinkers. Now you don't have to guess what you're getting -- Homeschooling Freethinkers screens the resources for you. Books and materials are listed and tagged as secular or religious. Some materials aren't so clear-cut, so the website makes appropriate notes wherever applicable.
This is a huge time saver. I plan to visit this site often over the coming years. I don't want to spend hours of my time trying to figure out whether or not a chemistry curriculum is ever going to explain carbon dating. Conversely, a Christian homeschooler might want to avoid all texts that mention evolution. Homeschooling Freethinkers provides such information.
Excellent. Both religious and secular homeschoolers should have what they each feel they need to optimally educate their own, specific children. Choices are good things to have.