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From: Annie (cache-mtc-ab12.proxy.aol.com)
Subject:         Re: non-creationist high school science curriculum
Date: August 25, 2007 at 6:05 am PST

In Reply to: Re: non-creationist high school science curriculum posted by Tennessee Linda on April 18, 2007 at 9:25 am:

We are using Apologia Science series, which is creationist and dismissive of enviornmentalism!Blah!I simply could not find anything else. It's been frustrating for us, because my daughter wants to major in science in college.
We really have to have labs and integrated math in her science curriculum, as well as advanced courses, in order for her to satisfy college requirements and basically, just to be adequately prepared.
I really think there is a market out there for secular homeschool science!
Anyway, after having used Apologia for 2 years, I have found ways around their bent. For example, I read through the text initially and cross out all references to creationism and anti-enviornmentalism. Fortunately, it's easy to find this information elsewhere. We supplement with books from our library and DVD's from Standard Deviants.
Before using Apologia, I found it frustrating and expensive to obtain lab materials for only one child. Also, my background is theater, and I have just not had the experience in advanced science to help my daughter. Another good thing about Apologia is that they don't assume you are a high school science teacher.
This year, for example, my daughter is going to take biology. We can order specimens for dissection for one, as well as prepared slides for the microscope.
Last year, she had their physical science course, and the math contained within really helped her understand her Saxon math courses. She also enjoyed using a calculator and experiencing applied math.
Another thought, I know for sure that Oak Meadow has a high school course in enviornmental science. Even if you didn't want to pay for the entire online course, you could still purchase the textbook and syllabus.
Finally, a lot of people go to community college for their science.
I hope this helps.


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