Wonder why your homeschooler needs a high school Philosophy course? Teens need to think about big ideas. They need to be introduced to the ideas that have shaped the world.
Philosophy is a POWERFUL subject for homeschool high schoolers to capture on their transcripts. As homeschool mom, group class teacher and advisor, I (and many teens I work with) believe that philosophy has been one of their most valuable courses. Let me tell you 3 reasons.
High School Philosophy Course
Homeschool high schoolers should study philosophy because:
1) History credits become more valuable when homeschoolers also study philosophy
These days, high school history students are not simply supposed to regurgitate dates and facts. They need to be able to analyze, compare, contrast, and perspective-take regarding peoples and places of the past and present. When teens understand the philosophic mindsets of other people in other places and times, they can climb into those folks’ shoes and better understand their cultures and decisions. This helps them be better prepared to write essays and reaction papers (as in SATs and college classes).
This is the reason I asked my philosophy-teacher son, Dr. Micah Tillman, to help me write a TRULY USEFUL world history textbook. It is a text that helps students understand the ways people have thought throughout time and how they made cultural decisions based on that thought.
History and Philosophy of the Western World is the result of our collaboration. The philosophers and philosophies are integrated into an accessible survey of World History to show in a light-hearted manner that average (non-philosopher) high schoolers can enjoy.
It is written for the average high school student to read and enjoy (self-study and NO busywork) with additional readings and assignments that help the college prep and honors students get their appropriate levels for their transcripts.
2) When homeschoolers study philosophy, they become aware of the philosophies that permeate our culture.
News stories, advertisements, health care, politics, sports, cooking trends, music and fashion are all influenced by philosophic ideas.
3) Philosophy adds sparkle to the transcript.
The competition is heavy for college entrance these days. Your homeschooling high schooler will find it beneficial to have courses that are a little different than the normal, boring “World History” that is on most teens’ transcripts. Philosophy is one of those sparkle-making courses. History and Philosophy of the Western World is powerfully sparkly!
Click here for my World History and Philosophy Pinterest board. (It has links to cool resources and Youtube videos.)
BTW- For homeschoolers who have already completed History and Philosophy of the Western World and now have the philosophy bug: Dr. Micah Tillman has written a full credit course called Philosophy in Four Questions. Another light-hearted, self-study, accessible, with NO busywork text, Dr. Tillman addresses philosophy’s four great questions and the philosophies that address those questions.
And while you’re getting your new academic year well-structured, watch Sabrina’s vlog about how to Schedule Backwards (and download her FREE whitepaper on the Scheduling Backwards)!