If you follow me on any other social media venue besides my blog, you’ll know that I am pretty engaged with current events, culture issues, and organic health topics. I love history and even though I hate politics, I have a vested interest in the direction the country is going because my children and grandchildren are inheriting it from my generation.
History is important. Without learning it, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. Being plugged in to what’s going on today is important. It isn’t always easy, and it often makes you physically exhausted just reading all the negative headlines. You do need to pace yourself and pray it through, for sure… but please don’t hide and ignore the world. Your voice matters. Your vote matters. Your kids are watching your example.
Anyway, all that to say Dick Morris has a political blog where he keeps people up to date on current events. I can’t say I always agree with him but he’s usually got a pretty interesting point of view and makes a lot of sense. I get his emails and have noticed that every so often he offers little history refresher videos on different time periods and people in America’s past.
I think his history video series would make a great extra credit assignment for your homeschool student (and they are FREE)! I’m using them for my kids and often ask them to watch over my shoulder when Dick is talking about a current event in his easy-to-understand, down-to-earth way. I like his insight. Take it with a grain of salt, do what you will with it, but it’s a great way to start off a meaty conversation with your highschooler.
Here are just a few of the topics he’s covered in the past six months or so:
Lessons of Vietnam
Post Watergate Reforms
How the South Won the Civil War
The Reagan Revolution
The Reagan Election of 1980
The U.S. in World War I
How Britain and FDR Got us into World War II
Bleeding Kansas: Road to Civil War
Fugitive Slave Act, Dred Scott, Lincoln Douglas Debates
How Lincoln Got Elected President
How Lincoln Kept the Border States in the Union
Civil War: How Democratic Generals Undermined Lincoln
1864-5 The Civil War Presages Modern Warfare
Post Civil War Reconstruction: The Real Story
How Conventions Came to Be
These would be a great addition to modern or American history.
Just thought I’d share in case you hadn’t already discovered this blog yourself.