High School

Modem World History

The class analyzes the geopolitics of Europe’s appetite for Asia, from trading partners to colonial governors. We will discuss how political machinations, wars and treaties in Europe affect the borders of Asia. We track how the consequences of Columbus and Magellan’s exploration for sea routes to China opened the way to America and to 9/11 and the War on Terror.

American History

The class will follow the evolution of the United States from its days as a European colony to its rise as the sole superpower after the Cold War, and to its present-day struggle to redefine its role in a more globally industrial-military economy. Applying Buddhism, we discuss the contradiction of American “exceptionalism” as desired democratic model and as difficult export.

American Government

In the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school year, this course attends to the current 2012 presidential elections. With the online aid of CNN, CSPAN, and PBS, the class follows the campaigns of Democrat and Republican candidates, the domestic and international platforms, and the evolving voting blocs. We study virulent debate rhetoric splitting America, manufacturing image, and the theory of political patronage.

Middle School

Ancient History

Middle School History Syllabus | PDF

This course involves studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever.

Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds.

American History [ESL]

ESL History Syllabus

The core text for this class is Access American History. Using this as a basis, students focus on learning key events, people, locations, and content vocabulary for American history from the time of Europeans first discovering the Americas, its colonization, and the development of the United States as an independent nation. Documentaries and videos are used to support learning, including America: The Story of Us.

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