I want to draw your attention to a review by Rachel Miller of a homeschooling curriculum posted at the blog of Wes White (the same place that posted the defense of the institutional church and why house churches need to grow up or become cults!): A Review of Peter Enns’ Bible Curriculum. This particular post is a review of a new homeschool curriculum put out by Peter Enns. If that name sounds familiar, it has been in the news, especially in homeschooling circles, quite a bit recently due to a huge blow-up over Answers in Genesis.
The Peter Enns/Susan Wise Bauer/Answers in Genesis thing came to a head a while ago when Answers in Genesis was “disinvited” from a couple of homeschooling conventions because Ken Hamm was critical of Peter Enns. I saw that a number of attendees at the conferences where AiG was disinvited wore badges quietly announcing their support for AiG. The reason this is an issue is that Peter Enns has published a homeschooling curriculum but he is also associated with a group called BioLogos that promotes evolution alongside the Bible. I know that not everyone is as twitchy about that as I am but I hold a firm line on the issue of literal creationism and as such I would be very hesitant to purchase any homeschooling materials that approached Genesis 1-11 in a non-literal or allegorical fashion.
The reason I reposted this….I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my fellow homeschoolers (and I would point this at myself as well) are not as discerning as we ought to be when it comes to the material we buy for our kids. Having the “homeschooling” imprimatur on a product conveys that it is something we can trust but that is not necessarily true. Just as not everything in a Christian book store is trustworthy (and depending on the store a lot of it certainly is not!), not everything that bears the label “homeschool” is something we should be actually using without question in educating our kids. Buying material from a reputable dealer that has carefully screened and vetted materials is a good first step but when you are at conferences or used books sales it requires a little more care be taken. Give the review a read and if you are a homeschooling parent keep in mind that not all homeschool materials are created (pun intended) equally.