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Eighth Grade Exam from 1895 — Did you pass?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina and reprinted by the Salina Journal. Grammar (time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of […]

Why Exclude Jefferson?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

by Dr Joe Arminio Principal Instructor, Homeschool Curriculum Improved Russell Kirk’s famous book The Conservative Mind is getting a lot of press lately, on account of this being the sixtieth anniversary of its publication. For those wanting to get to the heart of his message quickly, there is the refreshing, even if equally old, distillation, […]

Learn REAL history — from Tom Woods

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Why is all the good curriculum written AFTER I’m done homeschooling? Students learn the basics of western civilization and western liberty — how it was won, how it is being lost, and how it will be restored. Students learn REAL history and parents get the education they never had.

Know Your Constitution, Part One: We the People

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

by Harvey Bluedorn The first three words of the Constitution, We the people, have a greater significance than might be expected by those who do not know the history. The Constitution was drafted, not by the Continental Congress, but by a convention of delegates from each state; and it was ratified, not by the legislatures […]

What’s wrong with the water?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Read here below some excerpts from an ancient piece of literature titled On Water. Something is definitely not right. Can you guess what that is? Frontinus (Sextus Julius Frontinus) C. A.D. 40-103 Frontinus was a Roman soldier and author. He served as governor of Britain and later as superintendent of the aqueducts at Rome. EXTANT […]

Great Moments in Medicine #4

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Antoine Lavoisier — conducted experiments that showed that respiration was essentially a slow combustion of organic material using inhaled oxygen.

Great Moments in Medicine #3

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Jenner: Smallpox is Stemmed painting by Robert A. Thom Edward Jenner, the inventor of the smallpox vaccine, is shown injecting his first patient, James Phipps in 1796 using fluid obtained from scratches on the hand of dairymaid Sarah Nelmes, standing behind him.

An Interview with Martin Luther On Classical Education

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Protestant denominations trace their origins back to Martin Luther, the Christian reformer. His reforms touched on many things, not the least of which was education. Here, cast into the form of an interview, and using his own characteristically forceful and animated words, we gather Luther’s views on the importance of classical education and his […]

Martin Luther

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Could you recommend a good read-aloud about the life of Martin Luther? Someone gave us a book about him, but it is more like a textbook, which doesn’t make for interesting read-aloud sessions — for any of us! L.J. Here’s my favorite Martin Luther historical fiction — From Dark to Dawn: A Tale of Martin […]

Sheriff discharge those men!

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Long ago I found this essay in an old newletter of some sort. From Religious Denominations by Mr. Belcher: In Ray’s Baptist Succession is given a description of the defense of John Walker, Lewis Craig and James Childs, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. On June 4, 1768, they were dragged before the magistrates and indicted as […]


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