The American education system claims to teach as fact only things which aren’t part of any religion. But they refuse to admit Evolution is a form of religion without a central “god” but with all the other parts any religion has. Every area of evolution is based on reasoned guesses and belief about things no one observed or experimented on as it happened.
Creationism has more observational science on its side (chickens have chicks, beans grow beans, rapid deposits of sediment can be observed in real time, etc.), but is still rooted in faith.
In this case, what would science class look like if the teaching was truly neutral?
- Astronomy would discuss what we see and detect with our telescopes. No mention would be made of how anything got there or of “star formation” since no human being has ever seen these things happen.
- Biology would discuss systems, cellular processes, and interactions without guessing how any organism came to be the way it is.
- Animal and plant studies would sort things by form, function, and location, never stating that one type developed into another beyond what can be observed (like breeding, interbreeding and rapid adaptation).
- Geology would look at rocks and layers based on depth, layering, and composition without guessing how they formed or how old they could be.
- Anthropology would begin with the first artifacts without assuming the makers of those objects lacked intelligence and would acknowledge the sudden jump from survival-living to high civilization.
In other words, you can’t touch on any origins without touching on faith in something.
Does this seem like an impossible dream? Well, it probably is for governmental schools. But, it is a present reality in homeschooling circles. Many curriculums have decided it would turn too many people away to go beyond observable facts to worldview based conclusions.
Now, many of these curriculums are authored and published by Christians (I would list them by name, but want one of them to publish my book). You don’t have to look too far to find books happy to say “God did it”. But it is far more rare to find ones willing to say, “and this is how God told us He did it” with the natural conclusions that must follow (there are plenty of differing theories in Creationism. You could mention all of them, or just leave the details vague).
So, what’s a parent or caring adult to do? Just recognizing this reality is a good step. My parents were and are firm young earth creationists but didn’t realize the low level of instruction we were being given by our homeschooling curriculae. Turns out, my brother fell for Evolution the first time he read a cool, popular level magazine article for himself. There are no guarantees as parents, but preparing our kids gives them a fighting chance.
If you’re homeschooling, take the extra time to search around my site, creation.com, answersingenesis.org, and Dr. Wile’s blog for direct responses to common Evolutionary claims. The facts ARE on the Creator’s side, but the media surely aren’t.
For public school kids, the same holds true. They will also benefit from training in how to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in their classrooms. Creation Ministries International has a good article on what this would look like.
Basically, no caring, God-fearing adult can afford to let their kids just slide through life. Not that this has been ever true, but we now know how serious the consequences are for the upcoming generation!
Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:3,4