I haven’t been able to find the archived recording of my own short appearance on yesterday’s Thom Hartmann show, but if you go here, and click on the clip labeled “100316 home school disadvantage” (currently on top of the list), you’ll be able to listen to Michael McHugh. (The clip is about nine minutes long and you can read the listeners’ comments here.) McHugh heads a young-earth creationist organization, CLASS, that sells home-school materials on biology to parents.
Note that while desperately trying to defend his (and his company’s) notion that the earth is 6,000 years old, McHugh makes a couple of wonky arguments. The first is that there are “no neutral facts.” That is, every fact militates either for or against a certain worldview. McHugh’s suggestion for how to educate your kids involves choosing which worldview suits them best, and then selecting the “facts” that fit this worldview. I am not making this up: he says it explicitly.
Finally, forced into a corner by Hartmann, who basically takes him apart, McHugh resorts to the old defense that religious views of science must be correct because scientists as eminent as Newton were religious.
If you listen to McHugh, you’ll see what kind of “biology” hundreds of thousands of American kids learn at home. It’s beyond belief that, in the name of “education,” McHugh and other Christian home-school outfits profit from peddling lies to children.