How did you choose the history texts? Are they from a Christian world perspective?
All history texts Take a Stand! books use show the influence religion plays in shaping history and the authors wrote them in the Judeo-Christian tradition. This means, that the books were written by Christians who were writing as historians, not as theologians.
In the establishment of cultural, legal, social, and religious norms of western man, attention is paid to the ancient Hebrews, Judaism and Christianity, and the establishment of organized Christian religions. When the student studies the Arab civilizations after the middle of the seventh century, importance is placed on the religion of Islam. When the student studies medieval Asian civilizations, attention is placed on the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Taoism. In cases where there are civilizations where all religions exist, such as modern United States, the student studies the role these religions play in shaping American history. When the religion plays a role world wide, such as Christianity in Medieval Japan, students are asked to evaluate this role.
As historians do, Take a Stand! students learn and evaluate the role religion has played in shaping the history of people. The books we recommend do not proselytize, that is, they do not actively engage in converting someone to a particular faith or away from a particular faith. On the other hand, the books we recommend highly value the role faith and religion have played in the history of mankind, and religion is given a position of honor among the influences in history.
Because the Take a Stand! books are guides HOW to study and analyze history, the parent is encouraged to choose any source or sources they want their children to read from. We recommend that the older the student, the more primary sources are used, and the more varied sources are used. The older student should be able to analyze a secular as well as a religious text, and be able to state his opinion on both of them in a logical and persuasive manner.
If I purchase the Distance Learning program, will I need to buy additional materials?
No. The Distance Learning program provides all history materials, the instructional DVD program, and complete essay grading for one year.
For the 11 - 17 year olds, homework for the student involves between one - four hours per week. Most of the homework is time spent reading and researching history. According to the California State Department of Education, students should read approximately two grade level novels per month. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is considered to be a 7th or 8th grade novel. Researching history kills two birds with one stone. It improves reading comprehension in an area many kids have trouble reading: nonfiction reading. And, students learn history.
Teaching with the Take a Stand! series helps me get to know my children and students better and it helps them how to think critically, form historical judgement, and express themselves in speech and in writing.