heckyeah09 said...but it doesn't surprise me that most home schooled kids are learning anti-evolution theories, i mean, most of them probably come from middle america where they grow up on farms and live miles and miles away from their neighbors or that their parents don't let them go to public school because the school teaches "radical" things.
I don't know how home schooling breaks down demographically, and geographically, but some thoughts from when I lived 11 years in North Dakota, one of the most sparsely populated states in the US:
The first time I judged a regional high school science fair, 1984 in Minot, I was blown away by how smart these kids were. Around 400 exhibits, far too many for me to see in detail in a single day, I had to devise a way to quickly scan as I walked, and decide which ones I'd visit and those I'd pass by. I wasn't the only judge, and interestingly, the others did the same thing, and we independently made the same selections in most cases.
And the student projects heavily reflected their lives on the northern Great Plains: agriculture, cattle, soil conservation, oil drilling, even tornadoes, a phenomenon I myself encountered quite a few times over the years. These kids came from a vast area around Minot, many living on isolated farmsteads.
But none of them home-schooled, for my understanding was that only schools could sponsor students at the fair. And later, when I taught senior high in that state, I knew some of my students traveled many miles by school bus, across whole counties.
One of the projects that most impressed me dealt with dairy cows. Here a 15-year old girl is showing me computerized spreadsheets and graphs of her family's dairy herd, indicating individual milk volume for each animal, fat content, and other data relevant to having a productive dairy herd, and what means were applied to increase yield for each cow.
Computerized cows??? In the middle of nowhere in 1984? And I had just gotten my own first home computer a few months earlier, and this high-schooler has already been charting their dairy herd for years? Don't ever assume that physical isolation means technological isolation in today's world.
Nor did these students seem adverse to evolution and other aspects of science. There were plenty of project dealing with fossils (many found in the eroding Badlands of North and South Dakota), no attempts to claim this all happened in the last 5,000 years, per the Old Testament.
So I have to wonder if this radical Christian fundamentalism and creationism is a mostly recent thing, because I never saw it much before the last 10 or 15 years. And who is responsible for it? Why is education taking a backwards step, when 25 years ago I saw kids living on remote farms who were as knowledgeable of science as any others in this country.