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Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:42 pm
by Carrie

I apologize for the delay in between sneak peeks, as I know many of you are patiently waiting to see what will be planned in our newest guide. As we have just gotten home from Cincinnati and are now heading to convention in St. Paul, Minnesota today, I am excited to have the chance to share our next sneak peek with all of you! :D

For our new American History Guide we will be using A Noble Experiment for government. This course will be spread out over the entire school year three times weekly to divide it into shorter segments. It will earn 1/2 credit in government. Our oldest son used this particular government course and really enjoyed it. :D It is well laid out and has interesting assignments with an engaging presenter. As an additional part of the government 1/2 credit, one day each week we will schedule a reading from Whatever Happened to Justice?(written by the same author as Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? used in MTMM). :D

Here is the publisher's description of A Noble Experiment: :D
At its inception in 1787, the new U.S. constitutional government began with the premise that people could successfully rule themselves. But could this form of government endure, or would it fail, as did the democratic Greek city-states and the Roman Republic? Will our departure from the principles upon which we were founded be the death of our civilization?

Built around primary source documents and the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, A Noble Experiment’s conservative approach to the study of government combines video instruction with a consumable student workbook and a CD of teacher materials. The student workbook contains a course outline, a course syllabus listing the daily assignments and materials needed for each day’s lesson, the primary source readings, various student activities based on the readings and the DVD lessons, and periodic assessments (quizzes, tests, and a two-part final exam). The teacher CD includes the course outline and course syllabus, a grade book to record student scores, answer keys for all graded assignments, and a transcript of each video lesson with highlighted key concepts. The transcript enables the teacher to quickly look up pertinent information without the need to watch the video lessons. Students may also use the transcript to review for assessments.

Designed to be student-directed with a minimum of teacher preparation and involvement, A Noble Experiment covers all the national standards for high school civics and government, as well as the subject matter traditionally included in secondary government courses. With its unique and interesting approach to the subject matter, we trust students will enjoy studying the foundations, principles, and organization of our government. Students will explore the political heritage which impacted our nation, study the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and discuss contemporary issues affecting our nation such as immigration and globalization.

View a sample of this book: :D
Link: ... 0Pages.pdf

Here is the publisher's description of Whatever Happened to Justice? :D
"Whatever Happened to Justice?" shows what's gone wrong with America's legal system and economy and how to fix it. It also contains lots of helpful hints for improving family relationships and for making families and classrooms run more smoothly. Discusses the difference between higher law and man-made law, and the connection between rational law and economic prosperity. "Whatever Happened to Justice?" introduces the Two Laws:
1) Do all you have agreed to do, and
2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property.

Can be used for courses in Law, Economics, Business, Finance, Government and History.

Table of Contents for Whatever Happened to Justice? :D
Author's Introduction
1. The Cause Is Law
2. A Higher Authority
3. A Higher Law
4. Two Kinds of Law
5. The Two Fundamental Laws
6. Enforcement of Early Common Law
7. How Do We Know If It's Law?
8. Logic and Atoms
9. Ambient Encroachment & Tacit Contracts
10. Economic Calculation
11. Force or Fraud
12. The Lawless West
13. Natural Rights
14. The Human Ecology
15. How Things Get Done
16. Political Law
17. Discovery vs. Enactment
18. Our New Religion
19. Common Law Wasn't Perfect
20. Liberty vs. Permission
21. Instability, Nuremberg and Abortion
22. Democracy and the Constitution
23. The Constitution: Highest Law of the Land?
24. Competing for Privilege
25. The Great Mystery
26. The Privilege and the Thrill
27. The Fun Is In the Playing
28. The Lessons of Simon Bolivar
29. Eating the Seed Corn
30. Origin of Government
31. Are Lawyers and Judges Corrupt?
32. So Why Do We Have a Government?
33. Unsolved Problem: Risk
34. Unsolved Problem: Capital Punishment
35. Unsolved Problem: The Environment
36. Unsolved Problem: Drugs
37. Unsolved Problem: War
38. Unsolved Problem: Irredentism
39. Unsolved Problem: Poverty
40. Unsolved Problem: Consumer Protection
41. Unsolved Problem: Are There More Rules?
42. Summary
A Memo from Richard Maybury (Uncle Eric)
Table Comparing Scientific vs. Political Law
Systems of Law Chart
Standard of Living Chart
Agreement Between Parent & Child
Agreement Between Teacher & Student
Thought-Provoking Movies About Law

We pray you will enjoy this government course as much as we have! :D


Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:09 pm
by LynnH
Yay! I am so glad you are using A Noble Experiment because I had already decided this is what I was going to use and it was going to take a lot to talk me out of it :D . I love the addition of Whatever Happened to Justice also. Once again, thank you for working so hard to pick just the right resources.

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:10 pm
by 8arrows
I used the Noble Experiment with my daughter. Not only is it the only government curriculum I have seen that doesn't make me want to poke my eye out, but we actually liked it! We have also liked all the Uncle Eric books.

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:41 am
by Nealewill
Thank you so much for taking time post. I know you are so busy! It is so exciting to see these resources being listed :-)

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:54 pm
by mamanlait
I'm really grateful for the scheduling of a government curriculum. I would have NO idea how to select or implement such a program. I am glad to see that the authors of Whatever Happened to Penny Candy have another book and that it is being used. :wink:

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:41 pm
by Mumkins
Looks like a great program!

It's looks like a Noble Experiment is strictly US government, correct? What about Whatever Happened to Justice?

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:52 pm
by Tiffini
I'm very excited about your choice for Government, Carrie!

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:27 am
by Mumkins
Hi Carrie, I just want to bump this for you. We will be doing our own Canadian government course. However, I can't really tell if 'Whatever happened to justice' is specifically American or if it's something that I could add in to my Canadian course?

Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:25 pm
by Carrie

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! :D I am glad to hear the feedback on The Noble Experiment. Our experience with this course was very positive as well!


As far as Whatever Happened to Justice, this book is written from an American perspective with emphasis on the perspective of the American Founders.


Re: Sneak Peek #4: New American History Guide

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:20 am
by Mumkins
Ok, thanks.