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Why Teach Current Events?

by Deanna Thein
 
I have been an educator for over 20 years and it continues to amaze me how little students know about current events.  Unfortunately, this also applies to many adults.

Why should you teach current events with your students?

The study of current events covers a wide range of subjects and all areas of the curriculum. In addition, it can address all learning modalities.

Leadership Education: Cultivating the Next Generation

by Rachel DeMille

My husband and I have spent several years now promoting a traditional approach to education –“A Thomas Jefferson Education,” also known as “Leadership Education.” The response has been wonderful! It has often been voiced in a two-part reaction:

“This is just what we’ve been looking for! It feels so natural! It’s so obvious!”

and:

“But…how do you really do it?”

Introduction to History At Our House

Mr Powell introduces his unique History at Our House program. He explains grade levels and different program options.

A Tale of Two Cities, Part 4 (of 4)

by Scott Powell

In the previous installments in this series we looked at the rise of the Athenian Democracy, the dramatic episode of the execution of Socrates that illustrates democracy's tragic flaw, and then the rise of the Roman Republic, whose government implemented a novel and invaluable principle -- the protection of individual rights.

In this final chapter of our story of the Ancient world's two greatest cities and their governments, our unpleasant but instructive task is to trace the decline and fall of the Roman Republic. 

Tale of Two Cities, Part 3

by Scott Powell

We left off in Part 2 of this series (see the August newsletter) with the story of the Athenian democracy, whose flaws were punctuated by the infamous trial of Socrates. By the state-sanctioned murder of this one individual, the oppressive potential of an unrestricted governing majority becomes tragically clear to all who study history.

Why American Homeschoolers Should Study European History

by Scott Powell 

With the onset of multiculturalism in American culture, the classical model of history instruction that focused on Greece and Rome, then Europe (especially England), and then finally America, has been derogated.  This type of program is now called "Eurocentric,"  by which is meant (correctly) that it focuses on Western civilization (of which Europe is the core), but also (incorrectly) that it necessarily implies that all other cultures are inferior or unworthy of attention.  

A Tale of Two Cities, Part 2: Athenian Democracy (Continued)

by Scott Powell

The Athenian democracy founded c.508 BC was the best government devised by men up to that time.  It provided the most effective checks of any government against the power of the aristocracy by permitting the participation of commoners in governance at the local level--the level of the "deme"--and the lawmaking and judicial functions of the government of the city-state.

A Tale of Two Cities, Part 1: Athenian Democracy

by Scott Powell

In the study of Ancient history two city-states, Athens and Rome, rightly command more attention than all the others combined.  Indeed, although it has been thousands of years since their civilizations reached their zenith, and their power over the Mediterranean world has long since withered, the story of their civilizations remains relevant--even critically important--to Americans today.  

The Top Five Reasons Ancient History Still Matters

by Scott Powell

As a historian and homeschool teacher I'm often asked, "What's your favorite period?"  It's a question I can never seem to answer definitively, because every time I turn to a new part of history, I become thoroughly engrossed by it.  That said, some material always inspires me on a special level, and I think that my students can tell how I light up when I'm presenting it, which is definitely the case when it comes to "the Ancients."

Give Your Child the Gift of the "History Habit"

by Scott Powell

If you're like me, you hated history when you were young, but as an adult you've come to appreciate that there's a lot more to history than there seemed to be based on the way we were taught. Sadly, however, because we weren't properly taught history as children, putting together a good history program for our kids can be tortuously difficult. We have to struggle just to understand history ourselves, let alone teach it. If only our own teachers had given us the gift of the "history habit" when we were younger.