I have that concern too. Especially since we go to a church with a variety of ethnic backgrounds in spite of living in Southern Indiana. Oh the blessings of living in a university town!wisdomworks wrote:Ethnic diversity and awareness is a huge value for our family. It is very important to us that our children see images and learn history through the eyes of people of color and not just through a european or anglo lense. As I am learning about the MFW curriculum, I'm wondering if there are others with these concerns and how you have found this curriculum to meet your needs?
Here are things I've liked about MFW when it comes to that: (no particular order here nor an exhaustive list either)
*ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures) --- helped us to see all people through God's eyes. You learn just so much about so many people in the world.
*the whole idea of book basket (enrichment readings) --- they are filled with all kinds of books. This year when I was in Exploration to 1850, we had awesome books from basket with a variety of ethnic groups within the US.
* US history is taught in the context of world history in the upper programs.
* MFW uses more than just one book to teach history. So it helps to balance out when a book is not ideal or gets too bias. There is going to be bias in written materials, but MFW tries as much as possible to provide balance in those things.
* and, some topics are not introduced too soon because of the child's age. You don't get into the gross details too young.
Not an exhaustive list, just off the top of my head. Looking forward to hearing others as well. While we wait for others, here's something to read from the archives where David Hazell, of MFW, explains some of the approach that MFW takes with US history.