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tara7
05-28-2013, 02:27 PM
Hello! I've been zooming around the internet today... trying to decide on a great US History for my son's first high school year, next year. My eldest son did some online history classes and was a bit bored. So, for ds2, I want to take a different approach. I decided that I just want to have at least one semi-hands on class with my high schoolers for the relationship aspect, and History seems like the perfect subject for that purpose. I''m still schooling a 5th grader and a 5 year old... so, I can't do it all... but SOME IS GOOD :)

But... American History was covered well by a Sonlight core in the younger grades... so I just feel like we can build on that. Will a government & economics course be a good plan from here? My son is slightly interested in politics and somewhat interested in entrepreneurial pursuits... so I thought it might be a good fit?

This particular curriculum was discussed and it looks great but the website isn't as informative as it could be. Any comments from users? Any other suggestions?
http://www.bluestockingpress.com/product75.html


Your time is so appreciated! Smiles, Tara

Jodi B
05-28-2013, 02:48 PM
Have you checked out any of John Stossel's resources? http://stosselintheclassroom.org/ He's very engaging and down to earth. :thumb:

Milton Friedman -- I always had the picture of (and was also told that) his being boring, but once I started watching his videos, I also find him very engaging.

http://www.freetochoose.tv/

http://miltonfriedman.blogspot.com/

Ludwig von Mises: http://mises.org/

F.A. Hayek: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Hayek.html

John Maynard Keynes: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Keynes.html (it would be good to learn his economics since that is what the current administration is following)

Thomas Sowell: http://www.tsowell.com/

:D

tara7
05-28-2013, 04:31 PM
Thank you! I will look into those economics resources.

I'm still hoping to run into what amounts as a quick US history (1 semester) that is for the high schooler that has already been exposed to the "obvious" stuff that was covered in middle school. For instance my son said: we aren't going to study the civil war, again, are we?

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Thank you! I will look into those economics resources.

I'm still hoping to run into what amounts as a quick US history (1 semester) that is for the high schooler that has already been exposed to the "obvious" stuff that was covered in middle school. For instance my son said: we aren't going to study the civil war, again, are we?

Robin in Colorado
05-29-2013, 08:18 AM
Belle likes to read. She will be doing the stuff from Bluestocking Press as a "read-through," meaning she'll read the books and in her reading log she'll keep some brief notes.

I've read many of these books. They are definitely thought-provoking and are great material for discussion.

Susan Seaman
05-29-2013, 11:11 AM
The Stossel materials are very good - I just wish the videos had been longer. All my boys loved watching and discussing these. I also like the blue stocking press materials. We also watched and analyzed almost all of the presidential debates. Guess that won't happen again for a while. Just to keep it interested, we also watched the political stuff on Saturday Night Live. Their debate spoofs were especially good.

DD in IL
05-29-2013, 09:31 PM
We are taking econ/am gov in a CC class. I have one going into high school. Many of those bluestocking books are part of the curriculum.