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    Default Apologia Physical Science

    Has anyone used this textbook? I am wondering how religious it is, my dd has the opp to particpate in a nice co-op and meet some friends, this is the sci class they offer - we are not Christian. She is ok with being with a "religious" hs group but I dont think she'd be comfortable if the lessons were completely about Creation Science, or discuss evolution theories, scientific dates etc.


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    As far as I am aware, Apologia starts with creationism as it's base, so all their science is inherently religious. It's also anti-climate change/anti-environmental movement, so I am not sure how you feel about that

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    The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the hysterical environmentalist movement. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.
    by publishing excellent, easy-to-use creation-based science curriculum. In recent history, we have expanded our efforts to include new books and curriculum through Apologia Press, online courses through Apologia Academy, networking and encouragement through Apologia World, and ministering to moms at Apologia Live conferences.
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    I think at one point I would have been like, hey, it's not like it's biology and if she's excited to do it and you feel okay with the parents and any extra Christian content (like a prayer at the start or something) then sure! But after having read this Secular Thursday post from Smrt Lernins (seriously, this post haunts me it was so disturbing) I don't think I could trust any Christian science curriculum for anything ever. EVER.

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    Apologia is one of the MOST religious science curriculums out there, imo. You can read samples on their website. It spends the entire time "proving" how the Bible is scientifically sound.
    I would not put my child in a science class with this curriculum. Actually, I wouldn't attend a co-op with a group that would USE that curriculum.
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    I just read the post and the comments, interesting.

    I have never quite understood the whole faith over science concept and I guess I never will!
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    Stay away from Apologia! They have a young-earth, creationist/intelligent design, full-on Jesus agenda to indoctrinate children within any of their materials. It is not real science, they fake it to support their religious agenda. Sure there may be some science facts in their books but only those that do not counter their believes (young earth, creationist, etc...). They ignore the facts that counter their beliefs and they make the rest of it up stemming from their religious beliefs, they just make is sound scientific. Their pages make good starter for a BBQ charcoal fire though. Stay away, far away from Apologia.
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    There is nothing out there like Apologia that is secular. I waited for many years the first time around, for some one, anyone to design anything close for us. It still hasn't happened.

    Having said that, I am still waiting. I could not stomach Apologia. A lot that I know use it as just a guide, and give Secular School Texts to their children at the highschool level. We purchased the lab sets.

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    We're not to the high school level yet, so maybe by the time we are, there will be better materials. I feel like that's possible. But what makes Apologia's structure so good (you know, aside from all the crazy biblical young earth creationist stuff)? Is it just that they have so many offerings? Or that there are so few other choices that do science in any depth?
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    I am wondering the same thing? I know that a lot of curriculum use the Apologia books, but I do NOT get the appeal of them at all. Besides the glaring creation based "science", it's a lot of dry textbook reading.
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    I'm nowhere near the high school level as far as homeschooling is concerned but I know that science is one area that I will not try to adapt Christian materials. There's just too many inaccuracies and too much of an agenda for me to even consider it. If there aren't better options available by that point, I will probably use regular high school or college level textbooks to build a curriculum.
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