Monday, July 6, 2009

Curriculum: Catholic, Christian, or Secular? Which Route to take?

There are so many programs or texts to choose from out there: Secular, Christian, Catholic, which to choose? Many Catholic authors (and experienced homeschooling moms) believe that if you are Catholic and homeschooling, you should NOT use Christian material as they sometimes have text that directly attacks the Catholic Church and it's history. I've seen it first hand in a History book for 6th grade published by A Beka (a Christian publisher). The problem with secular books (of which MANY Catholic Parochial schools use these days) is that they bring in too many outside world views. Many times VERY contradictory to the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ as well as the Catholic Church (one in the same). The BEST route is to use a Catholic text. Unfortunately, there are slim pickings when it comes to this because of the decline in Catholic Publishers for children.

This author suggests that if you can't find Catholic books to use, you should use Christian books and then supplement the Catholic perspective/component instead of using a Protestant text. What are your views on this? Do you think it is safe to use secular books? Do you think it is better to go secular than to go Christian? Also, do you recommend a Catholic Publisher which you have had a good experience with (price, quality, etc.). Give us your two cents! In Christ,

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