I shall get back to the promised character building posts later today, but a reader asked me about science curriculum for high schoolers, and I know not all read comments.
I used the Glencoe Science for high school. If the parent has trained the child in Catholic morality and ethics regarding science, then there is no reason not to use secular books of the highest level.
I also used NFP materials, but then I taught that. Again, dads should do sex ed with the male children and girls with the moms. But, one must give sex ed at some point. I just did my own. A parent can decide what age is best. Either immediately pre-pubescence or pubescence seem appropriate ages. Do NOT let girls be caught off-guard, as they can be terrified with the onset of puberty without guidance from mom.
Here are some links. http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078802849/
I am sure there are updates on these texts. Also, do not forget the Great Books series for science and science history.
As to Maths, I used Addison-Wesley and Pearson Prentice Hall series and there are lesson plans on line. Pearson has an entire home school section on line http://www.pearsonhomeschool.com UPDATE ON MATH...I forgot about the Singapore Math Series which some people have used. I can recommend it for some children.
Thankfully, we left Iowa which has one of the two most stringent set of laws for home schoolers. Here is the page below, however, from Pearson's for guidelines, and other states are listed as well. Make sure you join the http://www.hslda.org/ Home Schooling Legal Defense Association. There is an international one as well http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/
I cannot encourage parents enough to join that group. The biggest problem is not state rules, but neighbors! In some areas, people are mean and rude enough to phone school districts if they see kids playing at two in the afternoon outside. They assume truancy. If one has joined this group, one can just mention that and it stops unlearned critics. The dues are worth it.
Here is the state link for Pearson.
And, here is the sad update on Sweden, which does not support parents' rights to teach.
The founding director of Rediscover Science (formerly the Iowa Space Science Center Initiative) is Charles Miller. Born in Davenport, he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (University of Iowa) and worked for 3 years as an engineer at Motorola, Inc (Schaumberg, IL). He returned to academics to receive a doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Iowa, with specialization in Auditory Physiology. He later conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan prior to returning to Iowa City.
Over a 20-year career, he worked in the field of systems physiology of the mammalian auditory nerve, determining how the nerve bundle and individual nerve fibers respond to the various types of electric stimuli delivered by cochlear implants. This work required skills in surgery, evoked-potential recordings, and large-scale data analyses. He taught at the University, authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, was an invited speaker at international meetings, and an investigator or principle investigator on several NIH grants. Available here is a downloadable PDF copy of his curriculum vitae.
Dr. Miller is now devoting one-quarter to one-half of his time to the ISSC project, with almost all of that time volunteered. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and daughter.
The Center also has a store. Cool http://www.iowaspacescience.org/Store.html