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Double Dividends: AP and Worldview from PHC Prep Academy

Vol. 102, Prg. 16–20
January 24–28, 2011

Can U.S. history be taught from a neutral perspective? According to Dr. Rob Spinney, the answer is no. This week on Home School Heartbeat, listen in as Mike Farris speaks with Dr. Spinney and other PHC Prep Academy professors who will be teaching a variety of challenging and engaging AP courses with a rigorous Christian worldview.

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Get Ahead in College . . . During High School
Why Physics?
A Worldview of Difference
What History Has to Do with You
Whatís It Like?


Michael Kucks
Dr. Michael Kucks received his BS degree in Physics from Bucknell University in 1980. After graduation, he began putting his knowledge to practical use in a variety of ways for industrial businesses—including designing military and commercial megatrons. In 1988, as the Cold War ended, he returned to graduate school to study Physics and pursue a career in education. Since receiving his PhD from Lehigh University in 1994, he has taught physics, chemistry, and math in a variety of venues, including Franklin & Marshall College, Lehigh University, and Patrick Henry College. He has also developed an industrial electronics course and presented it to industry professionals around the country. Dr. Kucks came to Patrick Henry College in 2006, where he has taught the core Physics course (including laboratory), Euclidean Geometry, and Statistics. He finds that his industrial experience has been extremely beneficial in developing his teaching style, and he enjoys looking for innovative ways to present challenging technical and scientific principles to students. Dr. Kucks and his wife reside in Loudoun County, Virginia, and have four grown children.

Robert Spinney
Dr. Rob Spinney teaches U.S. History classes and an upper-division historiography course for History majors that explores what it means to think in a Christian manner about the study of history at Patrick Henry College. Before coming to Purcellville in 2007, he served as a pastor in a Tennessee church while also teaching Patrick Henry College’s distance learning history classes. Dr. Spinney previously taught at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN), and at two junior and senior high schools. He has published two academic history books: World War II in Nashville: Transformation of the Homefront and City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago, as well as a number of ministry-related pamphlets with Tulip Books. God has given Rob and his wife, Caroline, five children, all of whom have been homeschooled.

Douglas Favelo
Dr. Douglas Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core history of western civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, where he taught history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in both classical education and the homeschool community for many years, including as a homeschool conference speaker. Dr. Favelo lives with his wife and two children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

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