Religion in schools

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mdg (August 31, 2010, 10:03:47 AM):
Thanks for the book suggestion Brian. We're seriously considering going this route with my grandson. He's a creative and intelligent little chap and I hate to see that spark of curiosity and creativity squashed by our schooling system.

That said, though, I homeschooled my 2 kids years ago when it was still illegal to do so and let me tell you it's not as easy as it sounds. It requires a lot of dedication and self discipline, and the younger the kids are the better. Be warned though, most of the home schooling suppliers are very, VERY christian and all text books are filled to bursting with god and christianity. You have to be registered with one of these places which in turn are registered with the dept of education so that the kids can write exams.
I tossed all text books and got what I needed at a place in Rosebank called School and Playroom; they have an amazing selection of text books and reading books for kids in grade 0 to matric.

You can also register to homeschool with Brainline, which is not overly religious and I don't think that their syllabus is soaked in god stuff. The positive things about Brainline is that it is available in Afrikaans, they set up socials and you can register your kids to do a Cambridge curriculum and write the Cambridge exams. It is more expensive though.

As Einstein said, "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

mdg
StevoMuso (August 31, 2010, 10:07:23 AM):
Why not start a Students Sceptic Association?
Any thoughts or ideas my brilliant Skeptic.ZA friends?
I think that's brilliant...it will get the debating Society off their arsses as well... have a debate on pro and cons of religion (Is religion good or bad for education? or something like that) (not evolution as the antithesis)
Yay! Support. BTW I think that the intent of evolution has never been to "disprove religion" - the intent of scientists has always simply been to find out what happened in the past by looking at the evidence. It is only believers who think evolution is "anti-Christian".
GCG (August 31, 2010, 10:22:24 AM):
imagine the teacher's faces when you have like one of these little dance troups rocking up at a school, and instead of getting the kids excited about JC, instead they get them stoked about evolution. what a lag.
Brian (August 31, 2010, 10:26:13 AM):
Why not start a Students Sceptic Association?
Any thoughts or ideas my brilliant Skeptic.ZA friends?
I think that's brilliant...it will get the debating Society off their arsses as well... have a debate on pro and cons of religion (Is religion good or bad for education? or something like that) (not evolution as the antithesis)
Yay! Support. BTW I think that the intent of evolution has never been to "disprove religion" - the intent of scientists has always simply been to find out what happened in the past by looking at the evidence. It is only believers who think evolution is "anti-Christian".
absolutely and it's their way to distract attention from arguments against religion
StevoMuso (August 31, 2010, 10:26:37 AM):
You can also register to homeschool with Brainline ...

Just checked out the Brainline site - looks awesome, thanks mdg. My son has actually been bleeting about home-schooling for some time now and this looks as if it could be a viable option.

Aaah - I LOVE this site and all you clever people. Thanks for the heads-up mdg.

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