Giving your kids a fair and balanced view of world history can be a challenge. Patrick Henry College professor Dr. David Aikman offers some advice, on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Farris.
David, as a Christian journalist and historian, how does your worldview affect teaching history and current events in the classroom? Do you have any advice for a way that a homeschooling parent can approach such a topic with a balanced view?
Dr. David Aikman:
Well, I think as a Christian you are concerned above all with truth and you also are not frightened at truth, you don’t believe that truths suddenly stab you in the back and take away your faith and so forth. So I think a Christian should have great confidence in proceeding into historical areas where he doesn’t necessarily know very much. I would recommend for every homeschooling parent, even if the subject they’re teaching is literature or geography or something like that, to get as much historical background from a reliable source as possible and proceed to teach the topic with that in mind. And also look for Christian markers in the history of different countries. Look for what missionaries did or when they came and so forth. That also is a very good way of grasping how the religious significance of a country in question can be understood.
Dr. Aikman, thank you so much. I’m Mike Farris.