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    Default Found a new science curriculum

    I didn't want to put the curriculum name in the thread title because it sounds like it's only for high schoolers: Science for High School. They also have K-8 programs for $24. I just came across their website today while looking for a chemistry syllabus. Has anyone used either program or heard of them before? I'm kind of interested. I didn't see any immediate red-flags for evangelism, so I think they are secular.

    I'd be interested to hear what people think, even if they haven't used it before.

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    The biology syllabus has a chapter called "The Great Debate" and nothing about evolution... I'm thinking it's "neutral" - which is to say, not actually secular. Just a hunch...
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    following... (thank you for sharing, never heard of it, it looks interesting.)
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    I do see that many of the testimonials come from people affiliated with The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which raises a red flag. It was a prominent publication in Christian homeschool circles and had some sort of scandal. (I gleaned this from searching the internet, I don't really know anything first hand about the magazine)
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    On Cathy Duffy's reviews it states that it is secular but Christian friendly, which means that don't discuss the difficult bits. Which means they are neutral, but not secular.

    For science, for a comprehensive curriculum. I would use Pandia Press' Real Science Odyssey curriculums which are completely secular. Or I would get books that are fun to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    On Cathy Duffy's reviews it states that it is secular but Christian friendly, which means that don't discuss the difficult bits. Which means they are neutral, but not secular.

    For science, for a comprehensive curriculum. I would use Pandia Press' Real Science Odyssey curriculums which are completely secular. Or I would get books that are fun to read.
    The thing is... that's great advice for K-8 and terrible advice for high school, which is what this is aimed toward. Pandia has no plans to make high school programs at this time. Apparently they feel you can beef up the level II biology to be high school level... but I have to admit that would personally make me nervous - though I'm not at the research point for that yet so I don't know for sure.

    There are some other options... but they're slipping my mind at the moment. I think outsourcing is one of your better options for high school science if you can afford it, access it, honestly.
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    Farrar - I thought the OP wanted the other curriculum for lower grades from the same publisher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Farrar - I thought the OP wanted the other curriculum for lower grades from the same publisher.
    Oh, you're right. I was steered wrong by the name of the program! Yeah, for younger kids, good books, rabbit trails, or maybe a program like RSO or TOPS or BFSU... there are more options at the lower grades that are actually secular.
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    No, I was looking at high school, but was interested in their K-8 program, too. I guess I looked too quickly at it. I just get excited every time I come across what may be a secular science program. Pandia Press never worked for us--it was far to simplistic. It was about that point that I gave up and started designing my own. But I never took chemistry. Ever. I still don't know how I managed that, but I did. Hence, my search for chemistry syllabi.

    Well, thanks for taking the time to look a little deeper into for me guys!

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    If your worried about Chemistry or Physics check out Supercharged Science. It's grades 1-12 and you don't need to know anything. There are over 800 videos of a NASA scientist and mechanical engineer doing EVERY single experiment step by step and explaining as she goes. She also has worksheets, quizzes etc. Many videos and experiments are available for FREE! that use many common household items or you can get the AIO kit they start I think at about $300 and the most expensive is $1800 for 5+ years worth of building materials, electric component and chemistry sets and over 900 experiments including an underwater rover, DVDs of the lessons and online access to e-science.

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