Do you have a recommendation for a high school biology text book(s) to use with the "Good Science, Good Faith" curriculum?First of all, keep those questions coming! Love 'em.
I teach science at a Christian high school and they have asked me to find a biology text book for next year. I am an old earth creationist. I have taught here for three years, and a state teaching certificate for science.
Thank you very much.
Second, I'm glad to see that this is a question about what to use in conjunction with the "Good Science, Good Faith" curriculum. I really want to stress that GSGF is NOT a substitute for, but rather a supplement to, a standard high school science curriculum.
Now onto the answer to April's question. I recommend using a standard (secular) biology text for middle school and high school. The reason for this is because this is the viewpoint and research students will encounter in their university studies and mainstream culture.
There are really only a handful of options - Prentice-Hall and Glencoe being two of the main ones. Big publishers have become more friendly with homeschoolers in recent years. If you're heading up a co-op class, call the publisher and tell them, they might be willing to send you some free review copies since students will be required to purchase whichever text you end up choosing.
Reece and Campbell (2008) is considered by many to be the “gold standard” for high school biology textbooks because of its sophisticated discussion of evolution. In fact, Reece and Campbell was personally recommended to me by Jonathan Wells (author, Icons of Evolution). Wells thought that this text dealt the most responsibly with the actual data for biological evolution. (I have a hunch that this text is somewhat advanced, similar to an AP text.)
Biology, Eighth Edition [NOTE: There may be a more current edition now. I haven't checked.]
by Neil A. Campbell; Jane B. Reece; Lisa A. Urry; Michael L. Cain Steven A. Wasserman; Peter V. Minorsky; Robert B. Jackson
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
Copyright Year: 2008
Publishing Date: 2007/11/27
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-54325-4
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-54325-7
eText ISBN-10: 0-321-54844-2
eText ISBN-13: 978-0-321-54844-3
Course: Introductory Biology
View the Table of Contents and sample pages here.
You could then use the Explore Evolution textbook, along with the Icons of Evolution DVD and the forthcoming Darwin's Dilemma DVD, as supplements to address the issue of biological evolution (as I'm sure this will be a concern for Christian parents and administrators who will wonder why you've chosen to use a secular biology textbook).