Socratic Discussion History Online Classes
We are happy to offer an interesting and exciting course list for the 2017/2018 school year. Our courses follow the engaging Classical Historian method, as described in great detail in our free, online book, Classical Education in History. Our courses teach the skills of the historian, challenge students to research and analyze various perspectives, and respectfully and honestly guide students in thoughtful and honest analysis, Socratic discussion, and interpretation of the past. The Classical Historian is inspired by the best that is offered in the Great Tradition of Western Education: honesty, virtue, patience, logical analysis of evidence and conclusions, and belief in the truth. The Classical Historian is dedicated to promoting the American experiment of self-government under law, rooted in its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage. We believe in American exceptionalism and teach patriotism through all our materials.
Elementary School (Grades 3-5), Taught Thursdays, click HERE for Schedule
The American Revolution
Grades 6-9: Junior High School: Taught Wednesdays, click HERE for Schedule
American History, The Story of Liberty
Grades 9-12: High School: Taught Tuesday Mornings, click HERE for Schedule
American History and AP American History
World History and AP World History
American Gov. & Econ. and AP American Gov. and Economics
For Course Schedule, Go HERE
Here's How The Online Classes Work:
First, students read a pre-determined set of history readings from primary and secondary sources (see below).
Note: For Elementary School students, All readings will take place during class.
Using free GoToWebinar technology, students log in for the 50 minute weekly class. GoToWebinar allows students to participate as much as they like by "raising hands" and joining the conversation via telephone or VOIP, answering in-class surveys and using a live chat box. There are no mandatory after-class assignments, no tests and no papers. These classes are designed to encourage a love of history by providing lively discussions of open-ended history questions in a low-pressure environment. Written verification of attendance and participation is available for transcript purposes. Additionally, each student receives access to a downloadable, high quality audio recording of each class.
High School Credit Sample Lessons: Click Here!
How Do I Register?
Enroll in the online course and purchase the online materials through the appropriate links. Each Class costs $14 and meets 15 times per semester, 30 times per year ($420 per year). AP preparation courses are $600 per year. Enrollment also entitles the student to permanent access to high quality audio recordings and PDF discussion notes. Enrollment maximum is 18 students per class.
Sibling and family discounts are available email for more information.For Charter Students, We Accept Purchase Orders. Please email John De Gree at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Much Reading and Writing Per Week?
In the elementary school, all reading will take place during class. In the junior high grades, students will have between one to two hours per week of reading and preparation. There are no essay assignments in the junior high courses. For the High School Discussion-Only courses, students are expected to read about three to four hours per week, however, it is up to each student how much time he puts into the class. For those opting for the AP classes, students should expect approximately 6-10 hours per week of homework. This includes time spent on answering review questions and writing and rewriting essays. For students who want to write essays and have them graded, but plan on not taking the AP course, you may simply sign up for the AP course and NOT register for the AP Test. For students wanting to write essays in the junior high level, you may register for the essay grading in junior high option for an additional $150.
Do Our Courses Include Writing?
The elementary, junior high and high school-discussion only courses do not cover history writing. However, for a fee of $150, our teacher will assign and grade your junior high school child's essays that are based on the discussion topics in class. All AP Courses include writing lessons, essay grading, and preparation for the AP test.
How often do the classes meet?
Each class meets once a week for 50 minutes, 30 times per year.
How many Students are the maximum allowed per class?
About the Perspective of The Classical Historian
The perspective of our course materials and our teachers is Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman, without promoting one particular religion. The most succinct explanation of what this means is found in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Classical Historian aims to teach liberty and to teach our students to be self-governing. In order to do this, students need to know the past, understand the tools to analyze historical events, and be capable of expressing these ideas in conversation and debate. Our courses are open to people of all faiths, including students from home school, private school, and public charter schools.
To read more on the perspective of The Classical Historian, go to the Mission Statement of The Classical Historian, or also to Mr. De Gree's book, Classical Education in History. For even more information on Mr. De Gree, Adam De Gree, and Tessa De Gree, the principal teacher of 2017-2018 courses, go to this link: About Us. Also, you may ask other home school publishers their opinion of him. Here is a recommendation from Adam Andrews, from Center for Literacy. For testimonials of Mr. De Gree's students, parents, and colleagues, click below. Go to our Testimonial page for testimonials of Classical Historian games and curriculum.
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From the Parents and Students:
John, I also have been meaning to tell you that Virginia homeschooled students have to take a standardized test each year, and Luke took the 9th grade TerraNova/California Achievement Test, and in the Social Studies portion, he got every question correct, for the highest possible score. He said it was really easy. I am sure your American history class with him last year contributed to that. Thanks again for all your work with him.
Dear Mr. De Gree,
I just got my AP scores today and received a 5 on the U.S. History test! The score distributions of the test were 5 - 11.7%, 4 - 17.9%, 3 - 22.5%, 2 - 23.4%, 1 - 24.5%. The Classical Historian course gave me a great foundation for the main concepts, and I was able to fill in all the details with some other resources. Thanks again for all the help you gave throughout the year!
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Enroll After June $420