This will be the first of many teacher and class profiles for the Pine Castle Christian Academy Homeschool Program that I will be posting randomly on my blog. I wanted a way for people to be able to take a look at the offerings for this year and read about the classes. The first profile I am doing is for HS American History. If you would like more information on classes, schedules, or Pine Castle Christian, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American History 1
Benny Phillips (lesson plan and lectures prepared in part by Jacob Phillips)
Benny Phillips earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University in 1977. He has pastored several churches in the Washington D.C. and Orlando areas, and is currently the senior pastor at Redeemer Church of Lake Nona. He has been an active member of the homeschooling community for over 30 years, and homeschooled all 7 of his children. He served as the principal of The Regent Academy from 2004-2011.
Jacob Phillips earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Central Florida in 2011. He is attending law school at the University of Florida.
History is not about facts. History is not about dates. History is not dry and boring. In this course, you won’t have to remember when Columbus sailed the ocean blue (because, honestly, would it change one thing about our current culture if it was actually 1493?) and you won’t need to remember how tall George Washington was or whether John Quincy Adams was the fourth or fifth president and so on and so forth. What you will learn is the significance of events. You will learn why you should care about history. You will learn how the Missouri Compromise fundamentally impacts your life today. You will learn how the fate of the United States was determined in no small way by the arrogance of an insignificant American general. You may not know how many people died at the Battle of Manasses (or Bull Run, if you prefer), but you will know why the least important part about that battle may have been who ended up actually winning. Tests are not multiple choice or true or false, they are essay and short answer format. After all, it doesn’t matter if you know whether Gettysburg started on July 1st or 2nd. What matters is that you can engage in the historical discussion about the issues that have shaped our ethnic and cultural foundation. Historical events happened. But can you tell us why? Can you tell us what happened next? Can you tell us why it’s important? Can you tell us how it impacts who we are as a people today? That’s what this class will teach you to do, from when Columbus sailed the ocean blue to when Lee surrendered to Grant. (Which, if you really must know, is 1492-1865.)
Note: In the spring, American History II will cover from “Sic semper tyrannis!” to “Let’s Roll!” (Again, for those to whom dates are important, 1865 to 2001.)