Monday, June 19, 2006


His Own Good Pleasure

Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va. caters almost exclusively to home-schoolers.

According to Michael Gartland of The Charleston Post and Courier, roughly 85 percent of the student body is made up of home-schoolers.

One of the big attractions at Patrick Henry, which teaches that "God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them for His own good pleasure," is that it teaches creationism. Patrick Henry's mission statement declares:
Any biology, Bible or other courses at PHC dealing with creation will teach creation from the understanding of Scripture that God's creative work, as described in Genesis 1:1-31, was completed in six twenty-four hour days. All faculty for such courses will be chosen on the basis of their personal adherence to this view.
Jennifer Gruenke, who teaches "core courses" in biology at Patrick Henry, notes that many home-schoolers lag in science and math.

Oddly, that doesn't stop a surprisingly large percentage of the graduates from going on to prestigious internships in the White House and Congress.

Perhaps that explains why the Bush administration thinks the budget deficit -- the rather unsurprising result of repeated tax cuts for the rich combined with dramatic increases in government spending -- is no big deal.


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