@Homeschool_Forum We participate in a Classical Conversations (CC) group and like several others on this board, are struggling with the view from which the Challenge levels (grade 7-12) are taught. Some of the curriculum/resources they use include It Couldn’t Just Happen, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds, and the Apologia science texts (Physical, Bio, Chem). So it’s a mix of YEC, ID with some token mentions of OEC. There is a strong anti-evolutionary tone.
My son will be going into Challenge A (7th grade) next year and I’ve been mulling over how to address this issue without it feeling as if I’m constantly bashing the “Christian” books he’s reading for class. I decided to use Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Haarsmas) this summer as an overview of how Christians view this topic. Then as we come to each resource in Challenge, we can read it discerningly and evaluate the perspective of the author and try to understand why they approach issues of origins the way they do. This may be reaching a little high for my son and ideally I wouldn’t really get into these topics till he’s done Earth Science and Bio (so more like 9th-10th grade), but since CC pushes the issue, it needs to be addressed now.
Then, since I’m going to cover this book with my son, I thought it would be a good opportunity to invite our CC group to join us on the journey. Due to time constraints of when Challenge classes finish for the year and other commitments within the group, we will meet for three 90-min sessions. At this point I am planning to cover chapters 1-10, but because of limited time and the complexity of the topics, we’ll skip chapters 11-12 (historical Adam issues) though I might be able to have an additional session on those at a later date. The group will likely include kids in grade 7-10 and some moms. I don’t think it will be a large group, probably <12 people.
Since most of the participants will be largely unfamiliar with an OEC or EC view, I need some advice on how to approach this. The book does a great job of presenting the different views fairly and giving strengths and weaknesses of each view, but I think some will still find it shocking. I’ve watched several presentations on YouTube by various Biologos speakers in which they’re presenting these topics but it’s usually to college students or adults.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to tailor this material for kids that haven’t even taken Earth Science or Bio but have been exposed to a lot of YEC thinking? What would you focus on? What would be your goals?