"A worldview is a theory of the world, used for living in the world. A worldview is a mental model of reality — a framework of ideas [and] attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life, a comprehensive system of beliefs — with answers for a wide range of questions." And every person comes at life from a particular worldview perspective. Of course, we often hold at least parts of our worldview subconsciously, but that view nevertheless affects everything we say and do in one way or another. Thus, each publisher of resources created for home-educating parents holds a particular worldview perspective that is inevitably reflected in one way or another in its materials.
And since educational resources undoubtedly influence the minds and hearts of children, it's imperative that parents know something about the worldview of the material they choose to use with their children. So with that in mind, we're in the process of creating a WORLDVIEW PROJECT that will list the worldview perspective of every resource - nearly 2,800 so far - of which we are aware.
Though we're still working on our research in this area, we expect - based on what we've already learned - to include at least these designations:
- Christian - Catholic
- Christian - Messianic
- Christian - Orthodox
- Christian - Protestant: Amish/Mennonite
- Christian - Protestant: Assemblies of God
- Christian - Protestant: Baptist
- Christian - Protestant: Lutheran
- Christian - Protestant: Reformed
- Christian - Protestant: Seventh-Day Adventist
- Christian - Protestant: United Methodist
- Christian - Other/General *
- Latter Day Saint (LDS)
- New Age
- Non-Sectarian *
- Pagan (Wiccan, Heathen, Asatru, etc.)
- Secular *
- Unitarian Universalist
When we can't determine the particular denominational view of a Christian resource, we list it as Christian - Other/General. When we refer to a resource as Secular, we mean it promotes Agnosticism, Atheism, and/or Secular Humanism, or that it has been designed primarily for use in the public/government schools (even though homeschoolers also have access to it). In contrast, we use the term Non-Sectarian to refer to homeschool-specific material that doesn't actively promote any other perspective - i.e., it is as "neutral" as possible where worldview is concerned - and, thus, might be comfortably used by people who embrace a variety of the other perspectives.
As with our Subject Area Project and CURRICULUM GAZETTEER, access to the Worldview Project will be via paid subscription. But it will offer lifetime access to every page for a very reasonable, one-time fee.
We need time for additional research and a significant amount of data-entry, but we hope to make it available by the end of 2016. Check back here and/or follow our Facebook page for updates.