FreedomProject Education (FPE) is an accredited online academy for students in Kindergarten - 12th Grades founded on Judeo-Christian principles. They offer several courses throughout the year that can be used for stand-alone credit or as a supplement to other coursework. Using his book Mother, Should I Trust the Government? (184-pages, softcover) as the course text, Dr. Jake Jacobs led a weekly 2-hour interactive seminar of the same title that challenged students to explore the American Government through the pages of the Constitution and begin to think about the government's role both historically and futuristically. Students were given an insider's look at the Founding Fathers and were asked to explore the government through their eyes.
As a political science major, I have always been enamored with the Constitution and the American Presidency so I couldn't wait to begin this class. I double majored with an emphasis in American Studies, and I have held fast to the belief that America is a blessed nation. I believe in the American Dream and have been accused of viewing our country's success through rose-colored glasses. I believe that we were founded on Biblical principles and that GOD's favor has shined upon us. I have made it a point to share that passion with my children.
Reminiscent of a college lecture class, Mother, Should I Trust the Government? presents in the form of a conversation between instructor and students and gives ample opportunity for an exchange of ideas through real-time chat sessions. Dr. Jacobs reads the scrolling chat and address questions as they are presented. He encourages students to share thoughts and ideas and examines each idea through lecture notes, graphics, and historical documents. Students are immediately put to ease through his laid-back, welcoming demeanor and are made to feel important as he spends time discussing all facets of history. Mother, Should I Trust the Government? provided tons of "fuel for thought" as we explored governmental history from the death of King George II in 1760 until present time and calls for our society to take BOLD Constitutional Action NOW. Instead of waiting for the next New Deal, we must learn to stand up for what is correct. Now, we have a ton of "must read" books on our list and have begun watching the movies recommended by Dr. Jacobs during each lecture class. I like that students are not encouraged to accept Dr. Jacobs' teachings as the gospel but are encouraged to read and research other books and movies as they solidify their beliefs and take ownership of their ideas and opinions. We must begin to be the change.
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