Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Educator's Help Desk

I am no longer updating this blog. However, I have moved much of the content to the Reasons To Believe Educator's Help Desk. I'm also adding new content there, such as curriculum reviews, webinars and vodcasts.

Please check out my new blog: "Dinnertime Discipleship." You can also access new content from me on my YouTube channel and my podcasts.

I'll leave this blog up for the time being because I know that people are still accessing it.

   - Krista

P.S. You can also write to me at homeschooling@reasons.org.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Question: Explore Evolution

Question from Sheila:
Your site was recommended to me b/c I'm searching for a high school biology text that gives equal presentation to creation and evolution. Any recommendation? If not, which secular texts would you recommend?
I'd recommend the book, Explore Evolution. Here is a brief review of the book that I wrote recently.

Explore Evolution: A High School Textbook Review

You can also read a previous post I wrote along these lines. Hope that helps.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Great Science Frauds

Why is it that every Christian knows about the Piltdown man fraud, but they don't know about any of the really cool evidences from paleoanthropology that correspond with Genesis? Rather than looking to scientific discovery as a positive thing, many Christians are firmly entrenched in the dubious belief that frauds abound in science.

Here is another perspective on the issue.
Scientists abide by a strict set of principles that ensures their work is both innovative and sound — most of the time. On rare occasions, the pressure to publish, win grants and earn tenure tempts some to stray from the hallowed pledge that maintains our faith in their results: commit no fraud. And when they do, our censure is swift and merciless.
This is what my colleague, Fuz Rana, calls the "self-correcting" nature of science. It's important to teach children how to be discerning about science, but at the same time we don't want to teach them to be so entirely distrustful of the scientific establishment either. Overarching mistrust and conspiratorial beliefs will cause Christians to miss out on the best evidences for the accuracy of the Bible. And engender skepticism in Christian young people.

Do frauds happen? Sure. But they're the rare exception. And judgment within the scientific community is often harsh when it's uncovered. And entire careers can be built on proving someone else's work is false. Conspiracies only stay secret for so long. Eventually, the truth has a way of coming out.

Here is a gallery of the most spectacular falls from scientific grace.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

College Professor Critiques Homeschoolers

For all the discussion about science education and homeschooling, this author offers some of the best advice I've seen in print. I'd like to echo a hearty "Amen!" to his sage advice.

"College Professor Critiques Homeschoolers" by Greg Landry
I teach sophomore through senior level college students - most of them are "pre-professional" students. They are preparing to go to medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, etc.

As a generalization, I've noticed certain characteristics common in my students who were homeschooled. Some of these are desirable, some not.
Mr. Landry offers a number of good resources for homeschoolers on his site as well. Definitely worth checking out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nativity Scene Detox, part 2

In this episode, Krista Bontrager explores some of the historical and cultural meaning behind the traditional Christmas story. She discusses the shepherds described in Luke 2 and how these unlikely heroes became the first evangelists.