Worldview Lab 1 - Discernment
Instructor: Pastor Paul Michael Raymond
This course ties the worldview of 12 key thinkers to cinema and music from the post-modern era of humanistic despair. A handful of seminal authors introduced in our Great Books series are examined in more detail with special emphasis given to their impact on popular culture. Using a game format, students are transformed from passive consumers of post-modern movies and music to active critics able to discern the underlying philosophies. These include the influence of humanism, eastern religion, Islam, Gnostic mystery religions of "the Synagogue of Satan," and much more.
The textbook -- "Worldviews In Conflict" and Teacher's Guide by Keven Swanson -- devotes a chapter to each of 12 philosophical "pied-pipers." Students are required to match 17 influential movies -- Matrix, Hunger Games, etc -- with the philosopher whose worldview they represent. Likewise, for popular songs such as Mack the Knife, Imagine, and Disturbia. They are also required to write a critical review of several of their own selections.
- Tuition: $275 Premier OR $25 Basic
- Mode: Asynchronous Self-taught, computer graded
- Offered: Fal Spring
- Textbook: See above, enrolled students get 40% discount code
Instructor: Vegas Harmon
Instead of a textbook, this course uses some innovative tools to help master Latin with speed, effect and even fun. It starts with vocabulary building using the Picta-Dicta platform in a game format that is intuitive and exciting for the student. Vocabulary is taught in the context of the Natural World and features of everyday life in the world of ancient Rome. This makes it the perfect complement for a course in the classical Great Books of Western Civilization. The approach avoids word-for-word equivalents, teaching the student instead “to think in the language” for lasting effect.
- Tuition: $275 Premier
- Grade: 7th
- Mode: Instructor
- Offered: Fall
- Textbook: Picta-Dicta access lease
- Teacher: Vegas Harmon