Guest / Limited Access /

Judges in California ruled on two cases related to Christian education in August, deciding against an association of Christian schools but ruling in favor of parents' right to homeschool without a teaching degree.

A federal judge upheld the University of California's refusal to recognize certain high-school courses offered by Christian schools when considering admissions eligibility.

U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero ruled that UC professors had a "rational basis" for rejecting credit for five courses, most of which used textbooks from Pensacola Christian College's A Beka Book curricula publisher. A biology course that used A Beka Book's Biology: God's Living Creation was deemed by a UC professor to have failed at adequately teaching critical thinking or the theory of evolution.

UC provost Wyatt R. Hume praised the ruling. "As we have said all along, the question the university addresses in reviewing courses is not whether they have religious content, but whether they provide adequate instruction in the subject matter," he said.

The schools have appealed the recent decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, believes the case could have implications for schools across the country.

"The University of California claims that they are not interfering with what this Christian school or other schools are teaching, that they're just setting standards for admissions," Haynes said. "A closer look reveals that by denying credit because of their religious content, the California school is putting pressure on Christian schools to teach courses from a secular perspective."

In another closely watched case, a California Court of Appeals ruled that state law allows parents ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this Issue
Subscriber Access Only Barring Yahweh
The Vatican gives orders to excise the name from worship. Do Protestants agree?
RecommendedI’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms
I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms
Our zealous policing of gender norms can have unintended and hurtful consequences.
TrendingWho’s Who of Trump’s ‘Tremendous’ Faith Advisers
Who’s Who of Trump’s ‘Tremendous’ Faith Advisers
The Republican candidate finally names his campaign’s evangelical connections.
Editor's PickSupreme Court: Texas Can't Keep Women from Abortion Clinics
Supreme Court: Texas Can't Keep Women from Abortion Clinics
Ruling to reverse restrictions interrupts years of pro-life advances on the state level.
Christianity Today
Reading, Writing, and Rulings
hide thisOctober October

In the Magazine

October 2008

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.