“…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  
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-part schedule because it is tailored to the needs of a junior’s busy life or a senior’s final year.  This is the time they prepare for SAT/ACT tests and complete college visits and applications. In the spring, my easier, flexible schedule allows them 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.
Class discussions are student-centered as they learn to ask questions and lead discussion in supervised peer groups.  They effectively communicate their own reasoned answers in speech and writing culminating in a paper.  This study is across multiple academic disciplines: Theology and apologetics, modern literature, modern American history, philosophy, art, music, and history.
Institute for Excellence in Writing® Mrs. Flowers teaches Directed Research Writing including citation using advanced Excellence in Writing methods in a two-hour weekly tutorial. Rhetoric skills include: 
            Full term paper
            Literary analysis and persuasive papers
            Writing Research Papers
            A Writer’s Guide to Powerful Paragraphs
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.
WRITING & LITERATURE We’ll use Advanced Communication Series so students learn to efficiently and effective take notes and write compelling persuasive essays for college level writing. This college prep course includes modern literature and film with Worldview Detective as we work through specific skills needed for college classes and the work force.
Institute for Excellence in Writing ® Rhetoric skills include: 
   Advanced Literary analysis
   Persuasive papers on controversial topics
   Advanced Note-taking
   College prep writing
   Advanced Communication Series
   Worldview Detective
SUBJECTS include Theology, Apologetics, Modern literature, American history after 1860-present, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences—Psychology, Sociology, Ecology. 
English IV                                        1 credit
Bible III                                           1 credit
American History II                          1 credit
Social Sciences                                1 credit
TOTAL 4+ Credits--Additional credits earned in the spring for specific subject modules.
See complete book list here. This is a two semester course designed for juniors and matriculating high school seniors.  
*PREREQUISITE: Completion of WV3 Revolutionary Age or by permission. 

TO ENROLL:  By invitation only. Click on the registration tab above or here. Enrollment opens March 15.

 “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.