“We should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.” --Francis Schaeffer  

MODERN ERA: 21st CENTURY ANSWERS 
How can our young adults live in and engage modern culture that has shifted so far away from Christianity?  Understanding 21st Century ideas and learning to articulate a compelling Christian response is our focus in this two-semester study.  Students study 20th Century ideas for 21st Century answers: 
            1 - The Nature of Knowledge – Theology, Bible, and Apologetics Classes
            2 – The Nature of the Ultimate Meaning to Life – Modern Literature and Film Classes 
            3 - The Nature of Truth and Morals – Philosophy Class
            4 - The Nature of Man - Psychology and Sociology Classes
            5 – The Nature of Man in Society – Modern American History and Politics Classes
OUR GOAL for students to own” their faith as they assess ideas and communicate them using rhetoric skills in a winsome and engaging way to a culture that sorely needs Christ’s redeeming effects. 

UNIQUE SCHEDULE: I am excited about my Cornerstone Tutorials two-semester schedule! In the spring, my flexible schedule allows students to finish specific credit requirements that they need while they begin a job, earn final awards, research colleges, and prepare for graduation.  Matriculating seniors can actually complete this excellent course of study, with strong college prep skills for future academic success. 

FALL:  In the fall, students work diligently to complete the core course of worldview study.  Students begin theology and apologetic study that empowers them for 21st century ideas. Next, these leading ideas are identified in 20th century literature and film such as Old Man and the Sea, 1984, and Star Wars.  Students learn how to look at philosophy, politics, and culture “worldviewishly” as they study modern art and music or watershed events and works such as the Civil War and Constitutional amendments. They finish our art book with this study.
Class discussions are student-centered as they learn to ask questions and lead discussion in supervised peer groups.  No grammar is taught to allow for more discussion. They effectively communicate their own reasoned answers in speech and writing.  This study is across multiple academic disciplines: Theology and apologetics, modern literature, modern American history, philosophy, art, music, and history. 

SPRING begins a two-track study schedule: First, students use my flexible, self-directed schedule to study specific subject modules that they need to graduate.  In addition, we apply worldview thinking and advanced literary analysis with persuasive writing to modern literature and film study with college prep coursework in class.  Matriculating seniors complete individual subject modules in the syllabus as needed for specific course credits.  

SUBJECT MODULES--½ credit each, partial list: 
1. Theology— Rediscovering Christ, True Spirituality, Dr. Schaeffer Trilogy 
2. Philosophy — Sartre, Hume, Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Rousseau, and Nietzsche 
3. Social Sciences — Pollution and the Death of Man, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 
4. Economics— Smith, Hazlett, Knight, Marx, Keynes, Friedman, and Mises; Economics in One Lesson
5. Science History— Darwin on Trial, Soul of Science, Of Pandas and People  
BOOK LIST for this course and specific modules here. 

Institute for Excellence in Writing ® I use Advanced Communication Series to teach students to efficiently and effectively take notes and write compelling persuasive essays for college level writing. Our Modern Era course includes modern literature and film with analytical writing based on IEW’s High School Essay, A Writer’s Guide to Powerful Paragraphs, and Worldview Detective to prepare for college classes and the work force. 
Directed rhetoric writing skills include:  
           Advanced literary analysis
           Persuasive essays on controversial issues
           Letters to Editor
           Advanced note-taking
           Research writing with MLA 8 documentation and citation 
           College prep writing

SUBJECTS include Theology, Apologetics, Modern literature, American history after 1860-present, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences—Psychology, Sociology, Ecology.  

MODERN ERA
English IV                                        1 credit
Bible III                                           1 credit
American History II                          1 credit
Social Sciences                                1 credit
TOTAL 4 Credits--Additional credits are earned in the spring for specific subject modules. 
See complete book list here. *PREREQUISITE: Completion of WV3 Revolutionary Age or by permission. 

TO ENROLL: Thursdays,1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Begins August 16, 2018. Click on the registration tab above or here. 

“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming:  but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him…”  Ephesians 3:14-15.