Posted by jlwile on March 16, 2010
Apologia has gotten all sorts of E-MAILs and calls regarding the AP article, and they are overwhelmingly positive. Apologia has sent me some of the E-MAILs, but I thought I would post excerpts from one of them, because it shows how even state-certified teachers understand the effectiveness of the biology book I co-authored.
The E-MAIL started off pretty normally:
I am a home schooling ninth grader currently using Apologia’s Biology book and looking forward to Chemistry next year.
The student went on to say what other Apologia courses she had taken and how much she enjoyed them. However, this was the part that was really interesting:
As my homeschool education is also state approved, my books must be looked over to ensure that they meet state standards, and my work must be also graded by state teachers. The teachers who looked over my Biology curriculum were “extremely impressed” with the quality of the material and the assignments that reinforce the material. They were also very pleased with the Physical Science curriculum and easily gave me an A for the work. I currently have an A in Biology as well.
There are some homeschoolers who tend to choose a homeschooling option that is supervised by the state. Thus, while I would not call this the “traditional” method of home education in the U.S., it is not incredibly uncommon. In this mode of home education, state-certified teachers review the curriculum used, periodically test the student, and are responsible for issuing the student’s final grade.
As this student pointed out, even state-certified teachers understand the quality of Apologia courses, including the biology course I co-authored. The next part of the student’s E-MAIL indicates that a few people who comment on this blog (like Norwegian Shooter) would benefit from using Apologia books:
Apologia encourages its students to think objectively, to think for themselves, and not to just blindly accept whatever social agenda is being fed to them, or rather, being stuffed down their throats. Whenever a tough issue is encountered, it is examined from all sides before any conclusions are drawn. The authors have made an extraordinary effort to be as unbiased and objective as possible and to let the student see the facts…
Finally, the student directly addresses the nonsense spewed by the AP story:
As far as the debate that the Apologia Biology book dismisses evolution and Darwin, that is simply and plainly not true. What the book really provides is an objective look at the facts. Then the reader is left to draw their own conclusions on the issue. In fact, the authors state in the beginning of the chapter, “Clearly we have very strong ideas on how Christians should approach the theory of evolution, but we do not think that such opinions belong in a science textbook. …Instead we choose to approach evolution strictly from a scientific perspective. We will examine the theory and see where it stands in the light of current scientific knowledge.” That is what they proceed to do in the chapter.
This is not what Dr. Coyne and the other “high priests” of evolution want to hear! After all, a scientific assessment of evolution shows that it is nothing more than an unconfirmed hypothesis. They don’t want students to be exposed to such an assessment, as it will keep the students from blindly accepting their evolutionary dogma. No wonder Coyne was so upset about the biology book!