Here is an interesting segment from the Keeping It Catholic website that will hopefully help you in choosing your homeschooling materials:
I am still unclear on
what exactly about (company name deleted) is anti-Catholic as
opposed to just being non-Catholic..... I realize their history up
to a certain grade leaves out the Catholic material and I have
heard not to use their history and science after this
grade. I would appreciate some specific examples of how they are
The discussion was off and running!
The following reply is the most edifying -- because it comes from
a person with firsthand experience as a "Biblical
have you asked yourself why they leave out the Catholic
material in the history? I'm a convert from Fundamentalism. We
were very careful neither to give the Catholic answer on
anything nor mention anything in the history books that might
cause our children to be open to Catholicism down the road.
Our view was
that Catholicism was one of the many wide roads straight to
perdition. Our school loved to get Catholic kids in so they
could gradually wean them from their faith and make sure they
learned all about Sola Scriptura (only the Bible) and
Sola Fide (only the faith) so well that they would
return to Rome. (At the time I approved, until I saw the truth
of Catholicism. It was then that I realized we should never
have been so narrow as to tolerate such interference with
parental authority-- because that's exactly what we hated about
the public schools!)
our favorite resources. When a Catholic parent asked about
homeschool materials, we loved sending them to these three
companies. Why? We knew
that the entire slant of their educational program would range
from Protestant to anti-Catholic.
Like the public schools, we all knew that the way you train and
educate a child will determine his whole outlook on life as an
adult. After all, the Scriptures say, "Train up a child in the
way he should go...."
That is why,
when it comes to history, the Protestant publishers gloss over
or omit the Catholic contribution and point of view. The child
will never know it and, therefore, can never refer to it.
Eventually, it will be easy to convince the child to become a
"born-again Christian" (meaning a Protestant one or even a
Fundamentalist Mindset Toward
If the Catholic contribution to history isn't important enough
or influential enough to mention, then all the things that
happened through the good influences of the Catholic Church can
be credited to other cultural elements. So the Catholic
Church can be effectively written out of the history
books. With this kind of educational approach, the bad things
that happened in history can be blamed on the evil influence of
the Catholic Church. All the good things can be credited to the
"Reformation" or various "enlightened" heretics who held the
protestant-type positions long before breaking with the
We screened our
history books very carefully to make sure that
was written about the Catholic Church. We understood even a
morsel might lead our children into slavery to the Catholic
church and then to hell!
Alpha Omega carried a homeschooling book written by a Catholic,
in their catalog's advertising blurb. They explained that they
thought the book had some useful material
spite of being tainted.
As a fundamentalist, I appreciated the
and thought it was very conscientious of them.
books were another issue. They could use verses and stories
that promoted sola scriptura and sola fide and
re-emphasied those ideas until they were totally ingrained. The
rules were -
-Never hint of
Tradition as being from God; always indicate that Tradition is
never of God.
ANYONE from the Bible as a good role
Mary or Joseph.
-Talk about any
good religious leaders - provided
they aren't Catholic.
A good Jewish leader is better than a Catholic as an example
for our children, because a Jewish person doesn't have the
whole truth. As for Catholics, the fundamentalisst view is that
a Catholic has chosen to
ignore the truth
in favor of the evil constructs of power hungry men and
How truths are
worded is important.
Mostly, fundamentalists know it is important to use a way of
wording upon which almost all Christians agree upon. By not
presenting an obvious denominational slant, the loyalty to a
is weakened. By organizing words and phrases in a way with
which a Catholic can agree or won't "catch on" (to the
Protestant definitions, of course), the issue at hand is not
offensive and Catholics tend to agree with it. Eventually,
Catholics become comfortable with other, similarly worded,
comments that are, if analyzed, anti-Catholic.
"Christian" publishers do this? It's not because they have an
agenda to hurt Catholics. It is because they want to be
that their children are raised to view the Bible and
as the authority in their lives.
(meaning the Tradition of the Catholic Church as upheld by the
in the faith life and neither does the Catholic
and good works" doctrine.
publishers want to ensure that children grow up totally
convinced that faith
is the only thing they need to be "saved." There is no place
for good works; it is only your faith that gets you to heaven.
No matter how much good you do, you have to build up a rock
solid "faith" feeling inside yourself about God. The strong
message is that if you don't accept this view of salvation, you
really don't have faith in God and your soul is totally lost.
As a fundamentalist, you have to check that "faith-feeling"
meter on a regular basis. This, of course, clashes with the
always saved teaching,
although the alleged reasoning even behind that is "it's a
parents have to ask themselves:
If Christian books are written to permeate Protestant
fundamentalism into children, why
would a Catholic parent want to use them?
making use of these kinds of books or curricula, the end result
is serious. The children become accustomed to hearing about
faith and other matters from the Protestant
There is no
mention of the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph or the
Saints, the need for confession after repentance, etc. Those
parts of Catholicism become alien to children because the
curriculum is permeated with fundamentalism. For example, when
the children do hear about Mary (as taught by the Catholic
Church), it is so different from the simplified, watered down
religious commentary in their "Christian" curriculum, that they
have trouble connecting with
about the Virgin.
Language is a
very powerful thing. How the faith is presented fits
with the entire theological construct. If the book or
curriculum presents information as the fundamentalists do
(because some Catholic truths cannot be stated in the same
way), and a child is exposed to this approach daily and yearly,
which will the child understand and choose? Will he choose and
believe the one to which he is accustomed, or the one that
sounds "odd" to him?
-- if the child finds that the only mention of Mary is "once
there was a young Jewish girl named Mary. God chose her to give
birth to the Baby Jesus," then the theological
of Mary as Mother of God, and the Immaculate Conception, are
alien, and the foundations for understanding them are not
there. The child needs to hear exactly what the Angel said to
Mary, "Hail, full
the Lord is with thee." The child needs to hear Mary's
responses, "How shall this be accomplished, since I know not
man?....Let is be done unto me according to thy
The child needs
to know that the Holy Spirit (God, the Third Person of the Holy
Trinity) came upon Mary and caused her to conceive God (Jesus,
the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who is both divine and
human). This builds the foundations for understanding that Mary
(Theotokos). Repetition is needed for mastery of the
concepts in the story of the Annunciation.
Parents need to
know that if the truths of and about the Church are downplayed
in the rest of the curriculum, it weakens the concept that this
"religion issue" is important . The fundamentalist language in
Christian books and curriculums will never allow anything good
about Catholicism to be included; the complete truth and the
real answers will never be found in a "Christian"
As a convert to
the Faith, I have given much thought to all of this. Now I use
religion and history and reading. I want to be
sure that my kids learn to be
Catholic. I have the same dedication I once had as a Protestant
because I understand the underlying premise of
nondenominational materials...but it was a long, somewhat
painful road to get here.