Are you ready to inspire your children with the true tales of American history? Author Bill Bennett wants to share the stories that will make a difference in your student’s love of learning—and love of his country! Hear one of those stories today—on Home School Heartbeat, with host Mike Farris.
My friend Bill Bennet is back once again to tell us about his books, America: The Last Best Hope, for which there is also a companion teaching materials. Bill, tell us about some of your favorite stories from the history of our nation.
Well, some of my favorite stories have to do with the great personalities in America. Andrew Jackson—love the story when he was a judge, he wanted this guy to be arrested, and the cops kept coming back, they were all beat up, they couldn’t get this drunk into jail. So Jackson got up from behind the bench, went in and got the guy himself. And when they asked the guy, “Why did you respond to Jackson?” He said, “I looked at the shoot in his eye and I decided I’d better come in.” That’s a great story. That’s a personality! That’s a guy who was strong! And there are a lot of strong personalities in American history.
Bill, tell us what the companion material is for these books.
It's called the Roadmap, Mike. It’s completely online. It’s been developed by teachers whom I chose. It capitalizes on the internet, and we take advantage of what all the world’s libraries, archives, and museums have. Chapter summaries, timelines, maps, links to key people—it’s all there. I put audio podcasts on for each chapter, so kids can listen to me tell some of these stories. It’s a really useful kind of teaching tool. So far the reviews of it from both parents and kids are very, very positive. So we do it all for you, and people can pick and choose what they want.
Well, I can tell you this—my two boys who are in high school are going to use that next year.
I appreciate your work, and we’ll talk to you again next time.