Truth matters. The best way to get to the truth is to allow a serious and open contest of ideas.
John Stuart Mills 1859
People call our office asking if Real Science-4-Kids is a Creationist curriculum, an Evolution curriculum, or an Intelligent Design curriculum.
The short answer is “No- it’s not any one of these although, it is ‘friendly’ to all three.”
The answer often confuses people because the assumption is that one of these perspectives is “true” and the others are “false. ” It is assumed that science (and a science curriculum publisher), must pick one. Yet nature and the science we use to study nature is complex and layered. One perspective simply won’t do.
In order for science to be “scientific” it must not commit itself to any one worldview, ideology, philosophical or religious perspective. Science and scientists must be free to follow the evidence where ever it leads. Anything short of this is not real science.
Real Science-4-Kids is…
“worldview-neutral” and “worldview-friendly.”
Real Science-4-Kids does not choose a particular ideology, philosophy, worldview, or religion for the student. Students learn how to explore scientific facts “as we know them today” and are encouraged to interpret those facts from their own viewpoint or, preferably, a variety of viewpoints.
- Because Real Science -4-Kids does not come from one particular viewpoint it is “worldview-neutral.”
- Because Real Science-4-Kids does not limit the kind of framework a student can choose to interpret science, it is “worldview-friendly.”
Scientific data can be interpreted from a creationist frame, a materialsist frame, or a design frame. All three frames give us some information when it comes to understanding the world around us. Conflicts erupt because the conclusions one derives depends upon the frame used. Yet, these conflicts only enrich our understanding of the world around us, rather than diminish it. Real Science-4-Kids encourages students to interpret science through a variety of frames which deepens their understanding.
Real Science-4-Kids focuses on real science
Real Science-4-Kids introduces students to the foundational subjects that encompass all science; chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and geology. Students learn about atoms, energy, molecules, molecular reactions, forces, photosynthesis, the Calvin Cycle, hybrid orbitals, nebulae, minerals and all the “stuff” of real science. Real Science-4-Kids presents the “facts- as we know them today” and helps students understand that as more science is discovered “facts” can sometimes change. Dr. Keller, having been in all three camps, is very careful about how she chooses the language for science. She, and her other authors, make sure that terms are either neutral or balanced (e.g. creatures, living things, and organisms are used interchangeably).
Evaluate for yourself
The best way to judge a curriculum is to look at it for yourself. Peruse our website and visit the the product page. On the product page, and below each subject you will see a link that says SEE EACH FULL TEXT. Click this link and you can see every page in each book. This way, you can make an informed decision about whether or not Real Science-4-Kids is right for you and your family.
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