Modern History is a tough subject to teach. So much has happened in the past 150 years, and nearly all of it has had a major impact on our lives. Personally, the thing I find the most difficult about modern history is the fact that the majority of it has been anti-Christian in nature, thus making it difficult to find a balance in teaching the concepts and philosophies of the era from a Christian worldview.
That’s why I am pleased to be able to introduce you to Modernity from Compass Classroom!
Dave Raymond’s Modernity is an engaging video-based guide to Modern History from a Christian Worldview. It is a full 1 year all-inclusive curriculum, including projects, exams, a teacher’s guide, a year long portfolio, and a Student Reader in digital form.
It is not teacher intensive, and has enough flexibility that it can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or in conjunction with what you are already using for history as a great supplemental resource that offers a solid worldview with plenty of visual aids to make the history really come alive. (By the way, I highly recommend you purchase the $5 streaming add-on so that you can have access to the curriculum from any device at any time.)
What sets Modernity apart from other modern history curricula?
- Worldview formation: Dave submits every topic, person, event, and work to the scrutiny of God’s unfolding providence in world history. He continues and expands the discussion begun in American History. Biblical texts and principles are applied in a natural way throughout.
- Context: Nothing in history occurs in a vacuum, and Dave clearly points out the origins of ideas and their ultimate consequences in history.
- Stories: This is not a listing of dates and dead leaders. Rather, Dave brings key events to life with anecdote, research, humor, and connections.
- Primary source readings: Dave provides substantial additional readings for the student and parent which pair with each lecture.
- Primary source images and video of historical events: Moments of history come to life on the screen.
To give you an idea of what your student with will be studying, here is a list of the lectures included in Modernity:
- The Great Stage: Introduction to the West
- Ideas Have Consequences: The Enlightenment
- The Sacred and the Secular: Empires, Missions, Pirates, and Rulers
- Royal Science: The Scientific Revolution
- The Creators: Pascal, Vermeer, Johnson, Bach
- The Devil Has No Stories: The French Revolution
- I Am the Revolution: Napoleon
- Deus Ex Machina: The Industrial Revolution
- The Antiquary and the Muses: Scott, Austen, and the Romantic Poets
- No Vision Too Large: Wilberforce and Chalmers
- Culture=State: Nationalism
- Eminent Culture: Victorianism
- The West and the Rest: Victorian Missions
- The New Priesthood: Scientism and Darwinism
- The Square Inch War: Kuyper and Wilson
- The Pity of War: World War I
- Domesticity Versus Tyranny: Versailles, Dictators, and America’s Roaring Twenties
- Modern Art and the Death of Culture: Art and Architecture
- I’ll Take My Stand: The Thirties
- The Lost Generation: Literary Converts
- The Wrath of Man: World War II
- The Cross and Perseverance: World War II, Bonhoeffer, and Churchill
- Personal Peace and Affluence: The Fifties
- The Great Divorce: The Sixties
- The West Like the Rest: The Seventies and the End of Modernity
- The Triumph of the West: The Fall of Communism and Postmodernity
Modernity is also a part of the Compass Classroom Subscription bundle where you can get all you need to homeschool in one low monthly streaming service!
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