Friday, November 19, 2010

Home Schooling - The Great Courses

The Great Courses

The greatest realizations in thought

Presented by some of America's greatest Professors

Educated in some of the greatest Universities

Professors to some of the brightest students in the U.S.

Lecture format with accompanying visuals where appropriate

DVD - 24-36 half hour lectures...
 full explanation of important concepts

The education of the Ivy League Universities...
 at a fraction of the cost

Courses in the various disciplines of Academia
Just some of the courses available - a total of 199 in all.

Great Thinkers, Great Theorems
Taught by Professor William Dunham
Ph.D. Ohio State University
Muhlenberg College

Art of Critical Decision Making
Taught by Professor Michael A. Roberto
D.B.A Harvard Business School
Bryant University

Taught by Professor Steven Strogatz
Ph.D. Harvard University
Cornell University

Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity
Taught by Professor David Christian
D. Phil Oxford University
Macquarie University

Great Ideas of Classical Physics
Taught by Professor Steven Pollok
Ph.D. Stanford University
University of Colorado at Boulder

Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language
Taught by Professor John McWhorter
Ph.D. Stanford University
Manhatten Institute

Business Law: Contracts
Taught by Professor Frank B. Cross
J.D. Harvard Law School
The University of Texas at Austin

Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Daniel N. Robinson
Ph.D. City University of New York
Philosophy Faculty Oxford University
Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University

Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Taught by Professor Anthony A. Goodman
M.D. Cornell Medical College
Montana State University

There are also High School Subjects

Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Taught by Professor Bruce H. Edwards
Ph.D. Dartmouth College
University of Florida

Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips immerses you in the unrivaled learning adventure of this mathematical field in 36 half-hour lectures that cover all the major topics of a full-year calculus course in high school at the College Board Advanced Placement AB level or a first-semester course in college. With crystal-clear explanations of the beautiful ideas of calculus, frequent study tips, pitfalls to avoid, and—best of all—hundreds of examples and practice problems that are specifically designed to explain and reinforce major concepts, this course will be your sure and steady guide to conquering calculus (From their web site).

The High School subjects are far fewer in number...
 however, it has some of the ones that frequently confound students.

I purposely left out any links to these products...
 and to The Great Courses.

I had to assure you of my clear motive.

I get no money from this blog or from any products listed within.

I show it to help parents and their children.

The Great Courses have helped Alex in his studies.  
They are highly motivating as well as very instructional.

Alex endorses The Great Courses...
his improved performance in his studies is...
 more than enough of an endorsement for me.

A great learning tool for your children...
 not only in content...but in delivery.

The lecture format is what is used in Schools and in Universities.

It gets the student used to listening...
really listening to the Instructor...
all without the distractions of other students...
and with the capability of reversing the DVD
to re-listen to a missed point.

The child may proceed at his pace.
This ensures thorough understanding and low frustration.  

The key to your child's future is
in his demonstrated performance in school.

Many children lose their way early in life
because of embarrassment, frustration, and shame
at their perceived inability to learn concepts at school.

They give up, rather than try, as it becomes too painful to go on.  

They, often, are not entirely at fault.  

The children who do very well at school
are often the ones whose parents value education.
Their parents had usually established good study habits early on...
a set time and place for just a strict priority...
nothing comes before it...a sacred time...
as a child's future is just that...sacred.

Their parents are there to explain concepts
and to ensure their thorough understanding of them...and beyond.

The goal is not only their homework...
but the understanding of the concepts governing their subject.

After their homework...have them work forward and beyond.
In a short period, they will be at least one year ahead of their grade.
They will have a firm grasp on the subject's concepts
 before ever entering their next grade.

School will then become a place of great joy and pride.  

Learning, without frustration, becomes a passion.
An object of passion is sought after.

A passion sought practiced often.

That which is practiced eventually mastered.

A child who has mastered...shall eventually achieve.

A child who achieves out of love for his discipline...loves life.

Great Health (more on this later)
 Wealth (richness of life as well as financially well off)
 and Wisdom awaits your child.

It all begins with you...the Parent.


I give you, my sweet child...

Love, Affection, and Positive Reinforcement
so you may love learning...
 and so, life...and all that it may bring.

You fear you know I am always here for you.

I am your guardian...

I shall make your world safe from negative influences...
whatever they may be...
so you may see the world through the eyes of a child...
full of love, hope, and wonder.

I am your guide...

I shall find the most efficient, and so, effective path up the mountain...
so you may avoid the pitfalls...and so...enjoy the journey.

I am your Teacher...

I shall give you the tools necessary to excel in any endeavor...
so that all the doors of opportunity are open for your choosing.

I am your Parent...

I lead by example...
so you may also learn to be a good parent to your children.

Shiroi Tora

We, the parents, are part of The Great Generation...

We have the power to alter the course of humanity
through the correct teachings of our children.

By teaching... 
we alter the next generation.

By teaching how to teach the teachings...
to all our children...
and they, to all their children...
ad infinitum...

We alter all those who follow...through eternity.

This is how progress is to be made...
How good conquers evil...

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