The Classical Historian Family
John and Zdenka De Gree live with five of their children in San Clemente, California (Their oldest two are out of the house). After working in private and public school education for over twenty years, John recognized the great need in American society to promote independent and critical thinking through open and thoughtful discussion of history. While home schooling, Zdenka realized that fun games that teach history are nonexistent. The Classical Historian teaches history through games and creative curriculum. Our materials are inspired by the best that is offered in the Western education tradition: openness, analysis, healthy competition, respect towards opposing viewpoints, recognition of an absolute truth, and academic honesty.
John earned his Masters of Arts in Humanities from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Zdenka her MBA from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. After marrying, John and Zdenka founded a windsurfing school in Turkey and taught German tourists on the Mediterranean Sea. For four years, they lived in the Czech Republic, where they started their family. At Charles University, John studied World and Czech history and taught English and History in various locations. Returning to the U.S.A. in 1996, John earned his teaching credential and has taught in a public middle school English and History for the past sixteen years. In 2007, John received National Board Certification, awarded to 1% of America's teachers. His newest textbook, Detective World History, Ancient and Medieval World Civilizations, Book One, published by The Critical Thinking Company, has recently won the Tillywig Brain Child Award.
Adam De Gree is our author of This Day in History series. Adam is a philosophy major at UCSanta Barbara and is an aspiring author/philosopher. Jessica De Gree is our author of the Current Event for Kids articles. She is a student at Hillsdale College.
The following free booklet describes in detail the Classical Historian approach and the perspective of Mr. John De Gree.
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