Here is a link to a master's degree thesis by Lisa J. L. Kelley that compares ACT scores of ACE students with ACT scores of conventional students.
Kelley covers other issues as well, and provides healthy support to my objections against the curriculum.
"Accelerated Christian Education is not accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, nor is it accredited by any government organization, nor are ACE schools accredited by the states in which they are located (Mayes, 1992)." (Kelley, p. 24)
"ACE places all responsibility of learning on the shoulders of the students..." (Kelley, p.35) I agree with this wholeheartedly. In order to learn, the student must read the information from the PACEs, complete the exercises in the PACEs, grade their own PACEs (while withstanding the temptation to cheat the system by scamming answers off the scoring station,) and keep their work completely free of any scoring errors, while simultaneously dealing with the wrath of a series of principals who had absolutely no business working around children. This takes me back to the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapter 23. Christ really lays the smack down on the Pharasses. He starts by describing them to the crowd. And one thing that sticks out in my mind is when He says, "They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." (v. 4) And then he starts with his Seven Woes. "...You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to." (vv. 13,14) He sums up this famous discourse by the following summary, "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you expect to escape from being condemned to hell?" (v. 33) Pretty serious. ACE administrators know God. ACE administrators are the direct representatives of God. That is what we were taught. But sometimes I wonder how many ACE administrators will burning in hell right beside Adolph Hitler, Alister Crowley, and Saddam Hussein.
Anyway, here's another link to an article by DAVID C. BERLINER that really struck a chord with me:
Berliner quotes: "Students are not supposed to communicate with other students, get up, or turn around without obtaining permission from a supervisor. Students who are having difficulty are expected to raise a small American or Christian flag signaling that they need help. In many of the Christian Right schools interaction between students has been cut off and intellectual activities in groups rarely occur because group work is not valued. Cooperative learning, which invests some power in and attributes some wisdom to the group, is seen to undermine the relationship of subservience of children to adults and to God. Cooperative learning is considered bad learning."
If cooperative learning is bad learning, then how will a student learn to interact with other students, and creating adults that are terrible at collaborating on group projects in their careers? Take me, for instance. I was always the worst with group projects in high school and my early days of college as well. Things didn't improve until I did some hard soul searching and identified the problem within myself. My problem: when working in a group I felt like my opinion was the only one that mattered, and I took great offense at differing opinions. Once I realized there was a problem, it was easy to examine the feelings I felt in when experiencing conflict in group projects. As soon as I learned to deal with conflict, I welcomed the conflict! In fact, I found myself facilitating the conflict. Of course, I still feel an aura of uneasiness when conflict arises unexpectedly. But I think I handle it pretty good.
Anyway, enjoy the links. I hope and pray I documented them correctly. Perhaps there is something in these papers you can identify with.