So, for the next three weeks my kids are taking part in a “classroom experience” for homeschooled MKs sponsored by our organization. They put these on twice a year and next to Christmas with their grandparents, it is the highlight of my kids’ existence. They get to see their English-speaking friends from around Mexico and have teachers other than their parents for a change.
The program is staffed by our organization’s itinerant education specialist and volunteers from the US (usually retired school teachers.) One of the volunteers this year (he has come down in the past and we are really grateful he came again because he is wonderful with kids) is a very enthusiastic YEC supporter. He is teaching my oldest daughter’s history and Bible class. Yesterday she handed us a pamphlet from the Creation Musuem and told us she had to memorize the Seven C’s of Creation History. My husband and I made it clear what we thought of Ken Ham’s approach to the Bible and science, but we told her she should learn what she was told to learn, and when she was asked questions about it, it was perfectly acceptable to answer in the form of “Ken Ham believes that …” She got 100% on her quiz today.
She is supposed to do an oral report on the C - Confusion - which is the Tower of Babel story. Needless to say, as linguists, my husband and I do not really see eye to eye with Ken Ham on the history of language dispersal. Our plan is take her over to the linguistic center’s library and check out a couple Genesis commentaries. What a great teachable moment. When you want to know what a Bible passage is all about, you don’t go to answers.org, you find a good OT scholar or two and read what they have to say.
How do you all handle this kind of thing? Any suggestions?