science that is enjoyable, fun, educationally fantastic and brings great glory to our
Creator. We call it the Integrated-Concept
Looking Hard At the Central Issues
Science is typically taught in the upper
grades beginning with Life, Earth and
Physical Science, followed by Biology,
Chemistry and sometimes Physics. Because each subject is studied for one year,
and painfully little is covered again, most
kids have little science in their minds a
year out of high school. Often 90 percent
or more of what was “learned” is completely gone. Not only is much forgotten,
but only a fraction of the great material
that could be covered in science is actually
included in its instruction.
As a result, most kids today are woefully
scientifically ignorant, completely unaware
of the wonders of what God has done in
His Creation, and they don’t understand the
powerful case for Creationism. The problem
with acknowledging these tremendous defi-ciencies is that to solve them, the entire way
science is done must be revamped.
Changing How We Do Science
There are steps that can to be taken to powerfully bring the “awe and blessing” factor to
God’s creation through the study of science.
1. For great God-glorifying science to be
mastered, tremendous concepts must
be built, integrated into other concepts,
reviewed, and expanded upon. Compartmentalizing dry science needs to
come to an end. Integration of the fantastic needs to become the new mantra
of Christian science education.
2. New world-class materials need to be
added in greater measures. Science curriculum needs to be designed to be like
a living sponge, constantly adapting to
assimilate the new things God brings
out from many sources. And there are
thousands of fantastic things that can be
3. The endless pursuit of the mastery of
dry, difficult, and quickly forgotten material must be eliminated.
The reason is obvious. But, also, only
five percent of America’s children go
into careers using science. That’s one
in twenty. What we give our children
ought to be more determined by what
will change their lives and perspectives forever rather than what someone,
somewhere, said they needed to study.
4. Hearts-on learning through wonderful
links, field trips, family activities, effective and enjoyable integrated experiments, collections, science projects, fantastic research, and creative resources
need to replace other poor uses of science time. Which is better for a child:
visiting a fascinating hundred-million-dollar museum, or a National Park
studying the wonders with the whole
family learning together, or doing five
boring experiments and covering fifty
pages of material which are difficult, not
worth coming back to, time consuming,
and a hassle to plow through? Is it better
to watch a fascinating five-minute video
link, or cover twenty confusing, soon-to-be-forgotten, text pages?
5. The “central carrier of science instruc-
tion” needs to be shifted. We remember
tremendously what we see, experience,
and share with others. As long as text in-
struction is given the central place of in-
struction, in-depth teaching that greatly
glorifies God and tremendously enriches
science will be missed. And the com-
puter—which has the potential of revo-
lutionizing science instruction—cannot
be used anywhere near its potential.
Revamping science—the study of the wonders God has made and its applications—is
a huge task, not to be fully done in a year or
even a dozen years. But it’s a journey worth
its weight in gold to begin and pursue.
Why? So that our children, and those who
don’t yet know the Lord, may see the glory
of God in what He has made in ways they
never before imagined.
There’s no price tag that can be put on
the value of having our children rock-solid
in their knowledge of the love, power, wisdom, and intelligence of God.
Having them greatly enjoy what God has
created, and walk humbly and obediently
before Him all the days of their lives, is well
worth every sacrifice necessary to make it
Don Miller has been teaching science
in many contexts to all ages for over 30
years. He was a Biology major at UCSD
and has a master’s degree in Curriculum
Development. He is happy to be the dad of
eight homeschooled children. To see all of
the amazing images and lessons Cross Wired
Science has to offer please visit www.cross
There’s no price tag that
can be put on the value of
having our children rock-
solid in their knowledge of
the love, power, wisdom,
and intelligence of God.