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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

Suggested age range: 16-18

Class meets: Weekly

Class length: 1.5 hours

Number of classes: 31

Tuition: $399

Graded: Yes

Required books: See list below

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Government and Economics


“She is enjoying your class - especially your lectures - a great deal. She gives me an informal synopsis each week after class - I think she finds it so interesting that she just wants to share it with me and that delights me. I'm so glad that she is having the experience of learning from engaging and thought-provoking lectures. She is taking copious notes - pages and pages because she wants to remember everything you say in class.”   ~ Marylin, homeschool mother

“I just wanted to thank you for preparing me well for college economics... THANK YOU for teaching me well and making economics easy and even enjoyable. You have definitely contributed to my success in this college class.”   ~ Former student

Government and Economics is about teaching youth to think well about issues that matter. Students will not merely memorize facts about the branches of government or the law of supply and demand; instead, they will explore the weighty questions that confront every one of us as responsible, voting citizens, while gaining foundational knowledge that will equip them to address such questions with confidence and intelligence.

This is a year-long, honors-level, one-credit course with the first semester focusing on American government and the second on economics, per North Carolina educational guidelines. During the first semester, students will read John Locke's Two Treatises of Government, a foundational work of political philosophy that will help them develop an understanding of the ideas behind the nuts and bolts of government, while also reading James Q. Wilson's American Government to learn the details of how our government works, both in history and today, with an emphasis on real-world application.

As the first semester ends, Frederic Bastiat's classic The Law will bridge the gap between politics and economics, preparing students for Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman. Both books do an excellent job addressing challenging topics with clear, non-technical writing and frequent use of interesting examples to make the books exciting and readable. Specific areas that will be covered over the course of the year include,

Tuition is $399. Suggested age range is 16-18. Students should be capable of self-directed work and have good reading comprehension for this honors-level course. They will be graded based on class participation, online reading quizzes, two papers, and two end-of-semester tests.

REQUIRED READING (This list is final for 2017-2018)