The Prometheus Academy - American History
Sharing the fire of learning
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What is America? The culmination of the European Enlightenment, a nation of immigrants, a new world empire, the center of innovation and discovery, the land of the free? The question has a different answer depending on who you asked, and when. In this class we study the history that's shaped these ideas, from discovery, colonization, and Revolution, to Civil War and Reconstruction, to World War I and Prohibition, to Great Depression and World War II, to Cold War and the Digital Age.
Students learn to research various topics that interest them, and to form a whole picture from various scraps of sometimes-contradictory accounts; they learn to understand the motives guiding the actors in history, from the least to most powerful. There are readings from a diverse cast, which students learn to read critically. They offer their own opinions in class discussions and writing assignments, learn how to research a topic thoroughly, and present their findings with engaging and personal rhetoric. These are the skills necessary for higher-level high school and college writing.
Collin is a graduate from the University of Texas with a B.A in English and a minor in Computer Science. He was homeschooled and has enjoyed giving back to the community through teaching English and Critical Thinking in 2010 at the Prometheus Academy, as well as teaching a summer camp for programming. He believes that learning to program can benefit everyone in pursuing their dreams; and that the arts can help shape and inspire those dreams. Outside of teaching he designs video games in the hopes of making one as narratively rich as anything in the vast trove of literature.