Originally posted by FreakyKBH
[b]the math major is about 1/2 to 1 year behind the typical program (at least at decent schools).
Are you sure it's not seven months, one week, two days, four hours, sixteen minutes and thirty-two seconds behind?
Out of curiosity, what standard of measure are you using?
Funny the mocking occurs when people either don't understand or agree. Can you ...[text shortened]... m only exist where contention resides?
Don't like Renaissance art either, can it be assumed?[/b]
My standard is my experience as both a student of mathematics and an educator at the post-secondary level. "Transcendental Functions" is not a class that should count towards any math major, although it does at BJU. At decent schools that's called "College Algebra," and only students who struggle with math take it. According to BJU, the usual time that BJU math majors take Calc II is sophomore year. That should be over by freshman year. If you actually look at their description of the major, you'll see that that pace continues throughout, therefore they are off by 1/2 to 1 year.
There's a reason for this though. BJU is not on the top of most kids lists, and even very talented evagelical kids are more likely to attend an elite secular university over a cult camp. It's only natural that their standards are going to be lower.
As for the rest of your aimless questions, I will deal with them briefly.
College depends crucially upon free inquiry. It is the time when students learn to question everything they believe. They shape their own paradigm both through rigorous investigation in the classroom and life experience in a safe (relative to the outside world) environment. The student decides for themselves what is right and wrong (as they must in order to be adults) and figures out how they will deal with people who believe and act differently. The result of a successful college experience is a student who can think critically, express his or herself creatively and cogently, and interact with people of almost all stripes and beliefs.
BJU on the otherhand seeks to stimey the process of free inquiry by restricting discussion in the classroom and punishing attempts to experience life in any manner that does not fit into an extremely narrow and distorted set of rules. It doggedly represses heterogeneity both through the admission process and through a extremely strict code of conduct. In so doing it actively works to maintain the child mentality that does not question by continually reinforcing the parents' belief system. The result of this is a student who cannot think for themselves and is prepared only to function within a very narrow social group tied closely to their church.
So there you go. But then . . . what do you know????
Do you think interracial marriage is a sin? Should only white kids get an education in the LORD? Should you actually check out BJU a little bit before getting all defensive?