Dear Homeschooling Family,
First, the team at Speakeasy Ideas thanks you for homeschooling. We mean that, sincerely.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from being lost, depending in large measure on how free citizens educate their children. And while we certainly have no shortage of problems in our modern United States, the future is brighter, more hopeful, due to the good work to which you’ve dedicated yourself—teaching your children.
Political Science of the American Founding
Second, thank you for your interest in SIA 101: The Political Science of the American Founding, a civic education course published by Speakeasy Ideas. The course consists of the following materials:
- 14 videos (each approximately 45 mins long)
- 22 audio podcasts (each approximately 1 hour long)
- 36 lesson plans (based on the videos and podcasts)
- The Federalist Papers (which you can purchase here)
- An Introduction to American Citizenship (which you can purchase here)
This course will help your homeschooling student prepare himself or herself for the rights and duties of being a citizen of a free regime by understanding the political science of the great American experiment in Constitutional self-government.
The Political Science of the American Founding is the result of my own scholarly research and writing combined with years of experience teaching American history, American government, and political science at Claremont McKenna College (CA), Hillsdale College (MI), and George Mason University (VA), among other places.
The materials included in this course have been selected, arranged, and packaged to supplement all kinds of homeschooling curricula. You can easily modify these materials to be used for many learning levels, ranging from younger students to high schoolers.
This course can be conducted over the period of two typical school semesters. And, as every homeschooling family knows, you’re free to speed it up or slow it down, depending on the learning styles and interests of your children. That flexibility in how to pace the learning of one’s own children is among the best features of homeschooling.
How Do I Begin the Course?
You can purchase The Political Science of the American Founding for $36 by clicking here.
In the email receipt following your PayPal purchase, you will find a link that will take you directly to the course overview and lesson plans. Please make sure that receipt does not end up in your junk email folder.
Within each lesson plan, you will find links to online videos and online podcasts, required reading assignments, as well as vocabulary words and questions based on the respective video or podcast. The lesson plans also feature further suggested readings and links (when possible) to related original source materials.
The first five lesson plans are published and ready to be used by your homeschooling student. We will be adding approximately two new lesson plans per week until all the lesson plans for the 36 modules (14 based on videos and 22 based on podcasts) are published online. We will send you an email notification each time new lesson plans are added.
The Political Science of the American Founding also requires two inexpensive paperback books that you will need to purchase on your own: The Signet Classics edition of The Federalist Papers and An Introduction to American Citizenship. Together, those two books cost approximately $12.
(Even though there are many editions of the The Federalist Papers are available, we highly recommend The Signet Classics edition for this course simply because we refer to page numbers in The Signet Classics edition.)
What’s Different About This Course?
The Political Science of the American Founding rests on three pillars that are noticeably absent from the way many high schools and universities teach the American Founding:
This course never conceals or distorts the truth. It is brutally honest in presenting what the Founders said and did.
Rather than relying heavily upon textbooks and the scholarship of academics with agendas far different from—and in many instances directly opposed to—the Founders, this course is built upon original source documents, so that students can read and judge for themselves what the Founders had to say about important subjects.
Many high school and university classes rest on the assumption that we in the modern world are significantly wiser than and morally superior to the American Founders. They often present a condescending, almost smug tone toward the Founders, as if modern Americans today have far more to teach the Founders than to learn from them.
The Political Science of the American Founding does not make that mistake. We approach the American Founders as humble students. We assume that the Founders likely have something important to teach us, especially regarding unchanging, timeless principles of justice.
In short, we look for opportunities to learn from the Founders rather than scolding them for being insufficiently modern, insufficiently progressive, or insufficiently politically correct.
The Founders made mistakes, made bad choices, and many times failed to live up to the standards they professed. They were human, after all, and we do not shy away from pointing out the many ways the Founders were less than angels.
And, yet, The Political Science of the American Founding does something few academics today do: We give the Founders all the credit due to them when they did something good, something noble, something beautiful, including unprecedented good things for which there was no historical model prior to the American Founding.
Ready, Set, Go
We stand ready and happy to help you with your homeschooling educational needs any way we can, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns that arise as your homeschooling student works through the curriculum. Just go to speakeasyideas.com, click the “contact” tab, and send us an email.
Congratulations to you and your homeschooling children! And thank you again for your good work, your support, and your interest in learning.
Thomas L. Krannawitter, Ph.D.
President, Speakeasy Ideas