Today I am reviewing an online class called “Mother, Should I Trust the Government?” from FreedomProject Education. This particular course is only offered once a year, but check here for all the 2015 FPEUSA courses.
I received the book Mother, Should I Trust the Government?: The Making and Keeping of Our American Republic
by Jake Jacobs, and he was also the professor for the 8-week online course I took.
I’d like to tell you a little bit about how the class worked, and then some more specifics about the content of the class, the teacher, and his book.
How the Class Worked:
One thing I really liked was that we received an email every week. It contained information about how to connect to the class and the link. I would use that each week to get to the class portal. It was very simple to do. For different weeks, I used different devices for connecting to the class–my PC, my laptop, and my iPhone. They all worked (but the iPhone was a little hard to see because everything is so small!) On one side of the screen, you see the live video of the teacher and below that a list of all the online students who were signed in, as well as a chat screen where we were able to talk with each other, ask questions of the professor, and make comments. The right side of the screen provided a place for the teacher to put slides (quotes, photographs, political cartoons, etc.) There were very few technical issues which I experienced, so I will definitely consider it a viable option for my kids to take a FreedomProject Education class for homeschool credit.
The Content of the Class:
The 8-week class I took was a government class. It’s for ages 13 and up, so we had a wide range of students taking it. The professor was teaching it at a school (a community college, I think) and had a few students live in his class. We discovered that those of us online could hear those in the class speak better if we had earphones or earbuds on. It was fun interacting with the other students through the chat feature. We could make comments or ask questions while the teacher was teaching. He would occasionally stop and read the comments or questions out loud. (The class was also recorded and we received the weekly audio recording link in an email.)
The content basically followed the book which was written by the professor Mother, Should I Trust the Government by Jake Jacobs. He explained about the U.S. government and how our country came to be (through the Constitutional Convention), but he explained it from a Conservative Christian perspective, which was fascinating. We talked about our founding fathers, slavery, and the Constitution. Dr. Jacobs recommended lots of movies and other books to read for further study. The paperback book has 184 pages and 7 chapters and is very easy to read. We were assigned about 1 chapter a week to read.
Here are the chapters:
- The Acts of a Government That Could Not Be Trusted
- 1776- Declaring A War For Life and Liberty
- A Constitutional Federal Republic Under God
- Government Power- From Whiskey to Free Speech
- Slavery and Death By Federal and State Governments
- 1913 to Today- Progressivism Versus Our Federal Republic
- Conclusion- Keeping Our American Republic
I liked how Dr. Jacobs did a lot of review of the book and what was spoken about the previous week. It really helped us remember the information. He is very familiar with this subject and is an experienced teacher.
Here is a suggestion: We had no written work. It might be helpful, especially for the younger students, to have a written outline or some type of sheet to fill out while listening to the class.
The class took place on Monday nights from 6-8 central time. There were students from all over the country who joined it. Jake Jacobs did a good job of connecting us together, even though we couldn’t see anyone else but him. We joked about the Super Bowl and the Oscars. 🙂
Classes for K-12th Grades
I’ve never looked into using an online school or live classes with my homeschooled kids, but now that I have tried it myself I think it might be a really good idea for some of my junior and high school kids to do in the future! They actually provide classes for K-12th grade. FreedomProject Education receives no government funding and the classes are affordable. I like that FreedomProject Education is an Accredited School and that they provide live instruction–where the kids can interact with each other and the teacher during the class! FreedomProject Education has been seen on TheBlaze and Glenn Beck.
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