This kit is a great place to start Christian parent-directed higher education. Use it for your first semester general studies and save over $5,000, as compared to an in-state college.
Gordon Clark will convince you that a distinctly Christian higher education is essential for Christians to be influential through Christ. (Book titled A Christian Philosophy of Education)
Jim Black will keep you from looking back to modern universities as the standard for learning, experience, comfort or comparison. (Book titled Freefall of the American University)
Ivan Illich helps you refine your professional goals in time to do something distinctly Christian with your higher education, and avoid the traps of professionalism. (Book titled Disabling Professions)
Frederic Bastiat will give you the logical rationale to support Biblical economics for not following government money for college or career decisions. (Book titled The Law)
Mortimer Adler will put your reading, writing and study habits in order for productive college studies. (Book titled How to Read a Book)
James Bartlett will nail the coffin shut on the college accreditation myth and convince you that your family can become a university that brings glory to God in the details. (Booklet titled The Snare of College Accreditation, article titled What is a Home University? )
The Biblical Concourse student application is included. The Concourse can provide you with a support group and system to enable and encourage efficient and reviewed progress in any field of study.
FIRST SEMESTER ASSIGNMENT SUGGESTIONS
As a home educator, you have the freedom to use the references and resources provided with this kit in any manner that you and your parents decide. However, if you are looking for some direction and accountability to ensure that you get the most out of this kit, here are some suggestions:
Read “How to Read a Book” and then use what you learn to read the other books and articles.
Write : For each book studied, neatly keep a three-ring notebook for quick reference during future studies, exams, and professional work. Include chapter summaries that would enable you to teach or be quizzed about what you learned. Aim for understanding versus simply “getting through a chapter.” Be prepared to answer questions about what you have learned by other Concourse students and or be quizzed on your learning by your review board and others.
Communicate your learning with others via your blog with summaries of your posts placed on the Concourse blog to receive additional feedback. Write articles using a professional style guide on topics of special interest and publish them via the Concourse and other avenues.
Plan : As a special first semester project, write your personal mission, vision, and goals for life and learning, connecting these to specific scriptures and ideas learned using these references.
Identify the people who will be on your review board, and plan meetings with them to discuss how to accomplish your learning goals. Ask them to review your first semester accomplishments. A review board typically consists of your parents, pastors, and subject professionals with a Biblical worldview.
Complete : After the above assignments are completed, send a paper copy of a few of your work products to your review board members for their reference and comment. This will demonstrate your level of competency in the respective areas to the review board. Review board members may ask for additional evidence of your competency in any manner they desire before they concur that you have completed a thorough study of these references.