History Notebooking for the Logic Stage

We have discovered something new and I think you will love it!! My son is now in what we Classical Educators call the Logic Stage and I mentioned before that it used to freak me out. This is because it is relatively easy to find logic stage curriculum for every subject except history and history is our spine. Fact and tidbit books are great and we have dozens of them on our bookshelves, but ideally history should be studied with real, living, classic books. History is best understood and absorbed this way. I wish there were more books out there…

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Teaching 20th Century History With Star Trek

Teaching 20th Century History With Star Trek

To Boldly Go…Into 20th Century America Finally, we have reached the best and the brightest that Star Trek has to offer, plus Assignment Earth. First, we have the fabulous and hilarious A Piece of the Action. If you’ve never seen this episode, you are in for a real treat. Kirk as a 1920s mob boss. Does it get any better than this? Of course, every Trekker knows that The City on the Edge of Forever is considered the best episode ever made. However, it also asks some great questions about charity, pacifism and even theology. Finally, Assignment Earth, while not…

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Teaching 19th Century History With Star Trek

Teaching 19th Century History With Star Trek

To Boldly Go…Into 19th Century America The three episodes that deal with issues related to 19th Century America do not necessarily represent the best of the franchise.  While I actually really like “The Paradise Syndrome” and think that it can give us some very interesting insights into First Contact, I do know that most people don’t have a lot of respect for it.  On the other hand, I really don’t like “The Savage Curtain”, but I do appreciate that it allows for exploring issues surrounding race, especially as it evolved between the 19th and 20th centuries.   Finally, “Specter of the…

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Teaching European History With Star Trek

Teaching European History With Star Trek

This post is the 2nd in a series written by my guest, Susan. Read part one: Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek. To Boldly Go…Into European History Of the three episodes that lend themselves well to approaching events in European history, two are among my very favorites.  The first of these is “Wolf in the Fold”, which sets the story of Jack the Ripper on another planet.  The other is “Patterns of Force,” which describes another just as fearful time, the reign of Nazi Germany.  The third episode, “All Our Yesterdays,” places Kirk in 17th Century England, and deals with Witch…

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Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek

Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek

If you think the idea of using Star Trek episodes to teach history sounds odd, you’re right.  Let’s face it:  while it is a fabulous genre, and one of my favorite TV shows of all time, it’s not exactly famous for its historical accuracy.  But wait.  How do you know that?  I’ll tell you how.  Because you’ve studied history and can pick out the flaws, and that’s a great skill to have, one that we need to pass on to our children.  So, as you read these next few entries, you will come across times when I suggest challenging your…

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Discovering Neil Armstrong

As the first man to ever set foot on our Moon, Neil Armstrong is a true American icon. He was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a very small town just 2 hours away from me. As a young boy he was calm, serious and determined. For as long as he can remember he loved planes and was fascinated by flight. He even earned his pilot’s license at the age of 15, before he earned his driver’s license! He built model planes out of everyday material and even constructed a wind tunnel in the basement of his home. In elementary school, Neil played baritone…

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