Friday, August 21, 2009
College, homeschooling, worldview, and stuff
Sigh, I can't even come up with a good post title. I am sitting here with a huge yellow mug of decaf coffee and a vanilla candle recently lit to infuse the room with a calming scent. We found out this morning a very good acquaintance had suddenly passed away. We will miss him.
Christopher's check from the University arrived yesterday to purchase his books and other necessities. We stopped by the bookstore to pick up his books, which had been put on hold. He also needed to drive to Best Buy for new ear phones (his ADHD challenges are audio and he must wear earphones that block noise to study).
I perused the books at Barnes & Noble and realized I hadn't been there in ages... much coveting was involved... and sniffing the aroma of Starbucks coffee. :)
Christopher had to return to the Financial Aid department at the University over twenty times. There were that many problems, including being kicked completely out of the computer twice. His diligence paid off as his complete Sophomore year is paid for with a combination of grants and scholarships from his good grades at the community college.
He has merged into college, taking his senior year of high school (homeschooling) and his freshmen year of college at the community college and then transferring to the University. His hard work in math and science has paid off with acceptance into the School of Science (which is difficult to get into) and minoring in engineering. It is quite amazing since this is the kid who took over two years to finish Saxon 1/2 and despised math. All of a sudden... he got it.
I have been asked by a few people around town why I would encourage him to attend the University when so many "Christian" kids come out of four years with no faith intact. Well, for one thing... if our kids are going to be salt and light in fields such as science, engineering, medicine, law, education, business, and math... they require a college education.
Now, I grew up near this world renown university, worked there, attended college there, have one child graduated from there, and I've known dozens and dozens of young people who have attended this and other major universities. All I have to say is... they can be a pit... on the level of Sodom and Gomorrah. I kid you not. It can be very, very bad. Liberal professors are the least of my concerns.
I have already found the contact people for the Navigators and Inter Varsity (Christopher has met the contacts for Campus Crusade for Christ) and forwarded them to him via e-mail.... and he lives at home!
At the same time, my husband and I decided to prepare him for the University and what he would encounter by teaching him... worldview. We used Cornerstone Curriculum's Starting Points Curriculum, which was fantastic. It can be one semester or one year (we used it as a one year curriculum).
It says it is for ages 12 to adult. We used it around the Sophomore-Junior years. We enjoyed teaching this and Christopher loved the books he had to read. I mean... how bad can it be when Mere Christianity is one of the required books? :)
They also have a three year worldview high school course which you basically only have to add math and science separately. This course is based a great deal on the works of Francis Schaeffer and is a quite demanding classical education.
We used their math curriculum the first half of elementary school classes... one of my few regrets is not staying with it through sixth grade.
Their website is... here. Even if you don't homeschool, the Starting Points material would be excellent to study with your teenagers as a family project.
My greatest desire for my children and grandchildren is to have a relationship with the very real Christ of the Bible. My second greatest desire... for them to walk in the path for which God made them.