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ERIC Number: EJ763334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Keeping Out the Christians: Evangelical High Schools Meet Public Universities
Riley, Naomi Schaefer
Education Next, v6 n3 p50-56 Sum 2006
A year and a half ago, Calvary Chapel high school approached the University of California's (UC) Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools with the curricula of some new courses it wanted to offer. The board must ensure that the classes given in California's high schools are sufficiently rigorous to be counted in UC admissions decisions. Calvary submitted three courses for approval in the areas of history/social science and English/literature. It also made inquiries about curricula it wanted to offer in the natural sciences and religion/ethics, in an effort to clarify the board's policies. In the end, the three courses were officially rejected, and the remainder would have been if they had been submitted. The simple form letter notifying Calvary of the rejection decision is one apparently sent to all schools that propose to use Christian high-school science textbooks published by the two biggest Christian publishers, A Beka Book and Bob Jones University. The letter stated: "The content of the course outlines submitted for approval is not consistent with the viewpoints and knowledge generally acccepted in the scientific community. As such, students who take these courses may not be well prepared for success if/when they enter science courses/programs at UC." The decision was a slap in the face to Calvary, which prided itself on educating children in religious and secular knowledge, but the school did not turn the other cheek--it sued. Because the UC action was perceived by many religious educators as a possible precedent for action elsewhere, Calvary was joined in its suit by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), an umbrella group for four thousand Christian education institutions. This article discusses whether students who attend Christian high schools will be given the same opportunity as their public school counterparts to attend California's state universities. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California