In particular, I want to put my kids through a Great Books tutorial, and put together a list of books that I want them to read between 12 and 16/18. So I’m trying to come up with my own list of Great Books to put them through.I've thought similar things. Well not necessarily on the schooling but on the books list.
In particular, I want to put my kids through a Great Books tutorial, and put together a list of books that I want them to read between 12 and 16/18. So I’m trying to come up with my own list of Great Books to put them through.His list is there, if you're curious. I believe he's French, but I could be wrong about that. As I mentioned, I've tossed around similar thoughts about what I want them to read. They'll get some steady doses of Heinlein, especially 'Starship Troopers', which I think asks some very interesting questions of the state/citizen relationship. They'll get some other science fiction as well, in part because questions of societal structure comes up there more often than in other books.
I know the lists that are currently in existence, but I want our own list to be slightly different. I want the books to cover disciplines outside the traditional liberal arts (e.g. economics; business) and cover more temporary topics. I also want the list to include literature.
And after reading some Plutarch last year, I've been noodling how to get some of that in their diet. As written, it may be so dense that it will turn them off. There is a version that is 'edited for boys and girls' so that may be the ticket.
They'll get some Shakespeare and some Mark Twain. They'll get some science education, especially in astronomy because that's an interest of mine as well. They'll get some history with me and also with various games. I'd like to plug 'History of the World', the boardgame. It looks like it's out of print right now, darn it.
One area that I'm not comfortable with is economics. I'd like some books for young teens that teach market theory. I want supply and demand to be on the tip of their brains whenever people ask 'why' questions. (Suggestions welcome!)
One thing that I've kept in mind is to be looking for opportunities to introduce philosophy to them. That may mean looking for the right time to suggest Plato's 'Apology', or his philosophical question of the cave. It means looking for the right time to have them read through Aristotle's 'Poetics'. Montaigne and Pascal will have entry spots come along, and so on and so on. I'm afraid that trying to preset these works will turn them into a task, instead of a more organic happening.
Obviously, this is a work in progress.