Welcome to Free Christian Curriculum. I am asking you to become part of a grand endeavor.
It takes courage to take a stand against humanism. A lot of Christians think they have taken such a stand by educating their children at home. Yet what they have done is to import the humanistic worldview into their homes. How? By adopting a curriculum that rests on the presuppositions of humanism. They do not perceive that this is what they have done.
It is time to re-think the modern half-humanistic curriculum materials. It is time to create a self-consciously Christian curriculum.
It takes courage to say, "I was wrong." It takes courage to say: "I must re-think what I have been taught and what have taught to my children." It takes courage to say: "I will help replace textbooks written by experts." It takes courage to say: "The experts are wrong."
Then it takes work -- work for which no Christian parent will be asked to pay you a dime.
You may be a student just getting started on your own program of self-teaching. You may be an adult who has taught your own children, who are now teaching their children. You may be a day school teacher. You may be a curious person who wants to know what this site is all about.
Here is what I want from you. I want you to begin to re-think what you believe about the world around us. In what way? In terms of these principles:
1. God is sovereign.
2. The Bible is the inspired word of God.
3. The Bible presents fundamental principles called laws.
4. Success and failure in life come in terms of obedience to God's law.
5. The meek (before God) will inherit the earth.
If you do not believe this, you will not like this site.
All this is really simple to understand. It is difficult to implement. I am asking you to commit to spending the rest of your life implementing these five principles. This involves a full-scale war against humanism's five principles.
1. Man is sovereign.
2. Man's word determines the truth.
3. The laws of both the physical universe and society evolve.
4. Success and failure are in terms of evolving law.
5. The kingdom of man is the kingdom of God.
This war is always fought over these five issues.
I summarize this war in terms of five questions.
1. Who's in charge here?
2. To whom do I report?
3. What are the rules?
4. What do I get if I obey (or disobey)?
5. Does this outfit have a future?
You now have the basics of the war of the worldviews. I don't care if you are only ten years old. This war will still be going on when you are 90. It will be going on when your grandchildren are 90.
If you are legally a child (under 18), be thankful that you have been recruited into this war zone early. It will save you a lot of time. You will have a head start on most of your peers.
If you are a veteran of this ancient war, maybe you will appreciate this brief presentation. You could have saved a lot of time if you had understood it earlier.
This war is being fought in the arena of education. This is where it begins institutionally: in the home. The key question is: How long can it stay in the home? The home school movement says: "Longer than the state's bureaucrats wish."
First, read my call for creating an explicitly Christian curriculum. Click here.
Second, sign up for my course on the so-called classical Christian curriculum. You subscribe by using the subscription box on the home page.
The membership section of this site is all about forums.
I will be adding forums on designing academic courses at each level. There will be a lot of forums in a few years, I hope. These forums are for people who have recommendations for materials and their interpretation. They are for teachers who recommend specific approaches. Remember: each student is an individual. One size doesn't fit all. But the curriculum development forums are mainly for content, not techniques.
I want to be able to offer day-by-day lesson plans. For details of what I want, click here. These plans should be tied to specific reading assignments. I would like to assign explicitly Christian literature. But this is difficult to locate, especially public domain.
If you have written stories that you would like to make available, I am open to them, if they are accompanied by lesson plans.
If you have a YouTube channel, and you have posted teaching materials, I will consider them. Better yet, if you have a blog site or a web site where you have posted lesson plans, plus a link, lesson by lesson, to PDFs of public domain literature, let me know. If you have posted embedded videos from YouTube, all the better.
I am not here to monopolize the curriculum. One size doesn't fit all. Neither does one site. If you have produced something for teaching online, I am here to help you publicize it, just so long as it does not violate my five-point battlefield model.
Later, I will be adding forums for tutoring, where students will teach students, the way that older siblings used to teach the younger ones. The forums are not here yet. The best way to learn a new subject really well is to teach what you already know to someone who knows almost nothing about it.
For example, if a high school student in the social science/humanities track is in the second year of a history course, he can tutor a math/science student who is in his first year of the one-year history course.
Start thinking about how you would teach reading or numbers. I have posted public domain versions of the McGuffey Readers. I have also posted public domain editions of Ray's Arithmetic. You can use the free math videos at the Khan Academy.
Start thinking about teaching music to small children: how to read the notes.
If you want to start a YouTube channel, I have posted a course on this.http://www.garynorth.com/public/department137.cfm
You can start a free blog site on www.WordPress.com or www.Blogger.com.
There is plenty to do. Let's make this a team effort.
For children ages 3-4, begin here: http://www.freechristiancurriculum.com/members/department39.cfm.
For first grade, start here: http://www.freechristiancurriculum.com/public/department41.cfm.
Question? Use the general Q&A forum. On the right-hand side of the home page, you will find a link, Recent Forum Posts. Click it. You will see a link for posting a question: Post New message. Click it. Post your question. Make the headline short: use key words for easy searching later.