I think this is the thread that Wendy mentioned:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 608#p93602
I did use SL one year, or at least part of it, and I've used MFW for a long time, so I'll try to throw in answers, too.
1. You want kids to be "well rounded."
I think MFW waits a little longer to introduce kids to some things, and MFW makes sure kids are solidly grounded in their own faith alongside of learning about other faiths (e.g. the Bible is a core historical book in CTG/RTR as well as AHL/WHL in high school). But on the other hand, I do think MFW students are exposed to a variety of authors, rarely reading from just one point of view. And MFW students do read and study a range of other viewpoints. Starting in ECC, students begin learning about people around the world who have other beliefs, get a brief intro to those beliefs, and pray with their family for them. In that year, students also experience the fun of different traditions around the world, and God's love for all His children, so my son tried to wrap a sheet in a dhoti, made hummus, and wrote haiku. Then the next year, while children are going through the Old Testament in CTG, they are also exposed to mythology and fables and such, but they are also reading the real Bible in an orderly fashion (not jumping around), so there is natural comparison. The New Testament is a focus in RTR, but students also learn about the rise of a Roman emperor in detail (Augustus Caesar's World), and learn specifics of Islam when that comes up in history using some cards from Voice of the Martyrs and such. The Hazells were missionaries in Russia for 8 years and they definitely have a world focus.
As for YE/OE, that is up to the family. Marie Hazell has a note in most of the manuals, I think, about her own beliefs but her desire to not divide Christians. It might be this one, which I copied from the CTG FAQ:
- As a company we hold to a literal 6-day creation and this belief is reflected in our programs. We also understand this is a topic of debate in the Christian community. Our goal is to hold to our beliefs without excluding anyone from using our curriculum. This is a decision that each family and ultimately each person needs to make. The Bible is handled much in the same way. Scriptures and other books are provided, but interpretation is left up to each family.
2. You like the idea of all the books included.
Each family is different, so I can just tell my experience. My dd used SL-7 or 100 or whatever it's called now, American History, for her US history requirement in high school. I ended up dropping the assigned literature because sometimes it was very young (like Dear Mr. Henshaw or Maniac Magee) and although I do believe in some fun reading, I didn't see a reason to "make" her read a certain fun book that she wasn't interested in. And then for the more age-level reading, it just got to the point for me that I didn't feel she was learning more than 1-2 facts from reading hundreds of pages, and we just didn't need that much assigned reading, so I focused on fewer and more depth.
3. For 7-8th grade, it somewhat depends on what year your family is in at that time. ECC and 1850MOD have MORE than enough for those grades. If your student ends up in other years during 7-8th, it varies, but all students will be adding more advanced science, math, and grammar. My son also did a sort of "shop class" in those years, so we were glad to have a little wiggle room for that. I feel happy that my son's education has been more than history class all day.
I hope that helps a bit. So much to think through!