To instill into the minds and hearts of the scholars knowledge and respect for the ideals and values of the great men and women of history, including those who founded the American nation.
Scholars will also prepare to be ready to provide selfless service to their country to assist in restoring America’s greatness.
Scholars must complete 3 years of history. Scholars must complete American History, World History, American Government/U.S. Constitution & Economics.
Honors history courses will be taught inclusive of the regular history classes. Scholars will be challenged to apply the principles learned in class. In addition scholars will complete the study of a classic in the area of study chosen.
This course will begin with the Fertile Crescent down to the beginning of written history. Scholars will then study migrations, geography, cultures and peoples from ancient, medieval, and modern history. Scholars will learn to compare, contrast and analyze civilizations and cultures with their own and draw lessons from the past which will aid them in knowing what Americans must do to enjoy lasting peace, prosperity and freedom. This course will provide the opportunity for discussion, debate and argument among and between the scholars themselves concerning the great ideas and principles of history. Discussion will be guided by reading from great Classics such as The Law by Bastiat
Having previously studied American History, including Arizona History and Economics in a sequential format, the high school scholars will now study it through the “eyes” of people who made significant contributions to the development of the nation. Ideas and concepts of government and human relations will be discussed and debated among and between the scholars. These discussions will be guided by reading selections from great classics such as Washington’s Farewell, and A Tale of Two Cities, by Dickens.
Scholars will experience their own freedom trail by studying the lessons learned from Jamestown in 1607 through the Constitution in 1787. They will become familiar with the people we call the Founding Fathers and with the 28 principles of liberty, which helped change the direction of the world. Scholars will learn how the trials, efforts, failures and eventual triumphs of the Founders make them true American heroes.
This course also includes the study of the substance and meaning of the U.S. Constitution in its original form together with the amendments since added. The course emphasizes original intent by familiarizing scholars with the Founders’ own words and explanations as to why each principle, phrase or sentence was included in the document. Departures from original intent and meaning will also be reviewed.
In conjunction with American Government this course will integrate the study of economics. Focus will be on the choices that individuals and societies make in the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Scholars will learn when these choices are made in an atmosphere of freedom, with a minimum of government involvement in the marketplace, prosperity results.
This course in an elective class, which is open only to scholars by permission of the instructor. To be considered for this course, scholars must have scored well in prerequisite classes. Specific political issues will be researched and solutions developed based on correct principles. Scholars will come to know how returning to the Founders’ original success formula may solve nearly every problem in America today. This class involves research into the variety of national & state constitutions. Parliamentary procedure will be studied & practiced. Scholars will participate in a very intense simulated constitutional convention experience.
This course will give the students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer or small business owner to the global economy. The course will study the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles. The course relates history and politics to the study of economics.