For me, it began when my oldest was 2 and developed a love for books.
At first it was as a fun interest. “oh, isn’t that a cute book” as we would read, over and over again, some of his favorites.
As he began public school, I began to set aside some of my favorites into my memory bank. Hungry Caterpillar, Frog and Toad, I’ll love you forever, etc…
Next was chapter books. I would chose to read the first (of any series my child picked) WITH my child. To know what was filling his mind, what I may need to explain, etc…
Then the “assigned” or “recommended” books came into play for school. Can I admit I would devour a newly assigned book the first night he would bring it home? and yes, especially on one occasion, I wrote a complaint to the school (and the librarian who recommended it) when my 5th grader brought home a book that talked about a glorified bad kid who was in Juvenile Detention with connotation about the inappropriate things that go on in there. When I researched the book further, it was a recommended read for high school level.
If books became the obsession of society, I would read with my child the book, and together we would discuss if it was appropriate for our family. I love how he naturally became discerning of things he read. Often he would come to me to discuss random things he read or heard (news, sermons, gossip) and we would have great discussions about it.
Now that I have homeschooled for over a decade, I can look back and see how my own discernment has changed. It wasn’t until I fell in love with the Robinson Curriculum that I discovered the value of the classic books. To recognize how watered down our education system has fallen.
Books nowadays are quick entertainment- fast food for the brain.
Classics require more pondering and absorbing- much like nutrition for our brains.
With that said, I am not as vigilant as I once was with reading all things before my child
(novels, yes; random school texts, no).
I do know I am not a fan, in general, of Scholastic’s.
Well, I can now add Usborne to the list.
Are you paying attention to what your child reads?
My daughter randomly grabs books to read; textbooks, encyclopedias, random school books.
I cannot possibly keep up her pace. However, I am grateful she has a discerning eye.
Last week she pulled Peoples of the World (by Usborne).
This is a recommended book by Sonlight (which I considered a Christian curriculum).
Katie came to me… “MOM” ” This book is messed up”
LOL , like that?
The very first chapter: People and their countries.
The very first paragraph: “Each country has its government which rules the people. This picture shows Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.A. where the American Government, called Congress meets.
Last time I checked the Declaration of Independence said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
If I recall my geography skills, Capitol Hill is in Washington D.C., U.S.A., eh?
Later Katie comes to me again… “MOM”
She is now at the chapter called World Religion. Now, I don’t know about ya’ all but I don’t mind if my kids learn about other religions. I actually encourage that they should not only know what they believe and why, but also what others may believe.
For Christianity it states: “Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead and now lives with God in heaven. (correct). They believe that if they lead good lives, they too will go to heaven when they die.”
In my Bible it states, “Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:9
If this book can’t explain Christianity, then I cannot rely on its accuracy on Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or any other ‘isms out there.
If I cannot rely on this book to be accurate about History or religion, then I have to question the truthfulness (or agenda) this Education Development Corporation actually stands for.
I am proud of my daughter, at 11 yrs old, for recognizing false teachings. My boys may have glossed over it, much like we do when books share the ‘bazillion of years ago’ such and such happened. Recognizing that it has Darwin teaching beliefs… but that is a post in itself. *wink*
Do you care if books are accurate in the name of education? or is it just me?