Foxnews is reporting that the Association of Christian Schools International is suing the UC system for “discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints.”
“According to the lawsuit, the Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta was told its courses were rejected because they use textbooks printed by … Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books.”
I never thought I would ever say this, but: I have become a believer in the potential of BJU press. This past year, the curriculum committee where I teach decided to move away from Apologia’s Exploring Creation with … series to find a set of textbooks that work well in the classroom, are up-to-date scientifically, and aren’t an artistic monstrosity. This was particularly the case for Biology, though we were in search of a Chemistry textbook and replacements for middle school science.
From the beginning, we sadly had to admit that anything published by Christians was very unlikely to be of any worth to students. We sent off for free copies from the standard mainstream publishers: Holt, Prentice Hall, etc… and to satisfy some parents who swore we were selling out, we purchased the new edition of BJU Biology (3rd edition, for those playing at home).
I must say that I was completely knocked off my feet. The design was great. The content was great, and even academic (gasp! I thought this was a Christian publisher!?). The parts of the book that were distinctively Christian were well researched and well written. Topics outside the Christian hot-issues, were also very well done. The illustrations were marvelous. One of our teachers is married to a medical illustrator, and even she was impressed.
In the end, we choose BJU Biology and Prentice Hall for Chemistry. However, the chemistry solution is temporary. When BJU comes out with the next edition of Chemistry (they *just* finished the Biology), we’ll be waiting to make the switch.