As my teen gets older and will have to face today’s issues in the world, I want him to be informed and practice formulating, discussing, and supporting his opinions. He will soon have to do this when he goes off to college and I want him to be able to stand on his own two feet without anyone else’s support and assistance in forming his stance on certain issues.
Part of homeschooling and most involved parents in families who don’t homeschool share their moral and spiritual, as well as political, beliefs with their children. If you were to survey most kids in the classroom and ask them to decide if they were republican, democrat, or something else, most children will choose the party that reflects one or both parents’ preferences.
As my son’s high school teacher, not only do I wish to instruct and facilitate his learning in history, government, and political science, but I want guide him toward looking at today’s current issues and relate them to these subject areas. I plan on coaxing him toward higher level thinking and analysis of what has he learned in history that helped bring us to this point today. How do his personal beliefs weigh in on these issues and what is his place in this situation?
Surveys taken of homeschoolers as adults point to the fact that adult homeschoolers, overall, are more civic-minded than non-homeschoolers. I think part of that is not only that a number of homeschoolers teach worldview when looking at literature and history and they involve their children in community service through a number of different organizations and their churches, but they recognize the importance of preparing their children to step out into the world as a “thinking individual who can have an impact on issues important to them when they become involved.”
To this end, I’ve scoured the internet to find some online sources that I’ve linked in my sidebar to the right to share with you. I debated about ordering one of those “classroom magazines” but felt that the information in them was very watered down. I want to help train my son’s brain to read more detailed information, analyze it, summarize it, and form a more sophisticated opinion – not just regurgitate facts written at the sixth grade level (at which most news articles are written.)
The other challenge was finding something that did not cater to the “teen pop culture” and use that just because it was termed “teen current news and events”. I came across a number of those and I would not want my son wasting his time on these “articles”.
The link to the New York Times Learning Network is a neat site if you wish to tie lesson plans into the headlines. The World News Network site is also unique in that it has many different articles contributed by many different news sources around the world. I like that idea very much because when I went to Europe I quickly learned of the totally different viewpoints other countries have of the United States and our actions around the world. Until you really hear it from average citizens, you really don’t understand the extent of world opinion of our government and its leaders.
Hope you enjoy these links and can use them in your homeschool. If you know of any valuable resources that can help in this endeavor, please feel free to share them!