Old Western Culture: Christendom Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full year of instruction divided into four quarters: Early Medievals, The Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation. In this “flipped-classroom” approach, students learn from the award-winning Old Western Culture video-centric curriculum, and then meet for live discussion each week with an instructor. As an integrated humanities curriculum, Christendom explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art through the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world, and from a Christian perspective.
Credits: 2 (English, Literature/History). Instructor: Scott Postma Recitation Time: Wednesday, 8:00 am – 9:30 a.m. PST Price: $600 for instruction | Full academic year.
– Weekly Instruction. 1 school year of live, weekly instruction via video classroom (live sessions recorded for students).
– Grading and Report Card. 4 end-of-quarter exams graded for the student with comments, and report card.
– Writing Service. Responsive essays based on the reading or lectures throughout the year, graded with comments and coaching in essay writing.
WHAT IS A “FLIPPED CLASSROOM”?
A “flipped classroom” is one in which the lecture typically given in class is watched at home, and the time normally spent doing homework occurs live in class. In other words, you watch the recorded lecture on your own, followed by answering questions. You then interact with the teacher and other students online going over the lesson, followed by previewing the next lesson.
How this looks will differ somewhat by subject. For literature (Old Western Culture), this means an Oxford style “recitation,” or small group discussion once per week. For Logic this will mean students watch the video lessons on their own, and then meet to go over the lesson 2 or 3 times per week. Since this is an online school, these meetings happen live via Webex audio meeting.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE Recitation Time: Wednesday, 8:00 am — 9:30 am PST
Roman Roads Classroom follows a standard academic year, late August/early September through early May. These dates are subject to minor adjustment. First recitation is Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.
Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam
HOW ARE THE LIVE SESSIONS CONDUCTED?
The weekly “recitations” are live video sessions that meet once a week, running from September through early May (see Class Schedule tab), in which the students and tutor discuss the material being studied, go over the students’ work, and preview the work for the next week. The students and tutor log in to a virtual classroom at the stated time for the tutorial and then are able to communicate by talking, typing, and collaborative web browsing. There is no special software needed – it all happens automatically when you log in. Both PC and Mac users are able to participate in these courses, but a highspeed connection (DSL, cable, wireless, satellite etc.) is required.
Two High School Humanities Credits, which can be broken down to 1 English and 1 History/Literature.
Each quarter has an end-of-term exam and term paper.
Early Medievals (Q1)
Gregory of Tours
Gregory the Great
Beowulf Confessions of St. Patrick
Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Einhard’s Life of Charlamagne
Asser’s Life of Alfred the Great
John of Damascus’ The Fount of Knowledge
Defense of the Faith (Q2)
Essential works of Anselm
Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain
De Voragine’s The Golden Legend
Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople
De Joinville’s Life of St. Louis
The Medieval Mind (Q3)
Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
Dante’s Divine Comedy
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Works from Luther
Spenser’s Faerie Queene The Books of Common Prayer
Calvin’s Institutes The Heidelberg Catechism
For precise assignments and schedule, see the Materials Page.
Scott Postma served in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years and is the author of The Most Valuable Gift and Discover Your Significance (published by Coram Deo Press). He is married to his high school sweetheart, has four amazing children, and has a precious grand-daughter he calls Maddie-cakes.
Scott has earned degrees in creative writing (A.A. from the College of Southern Nevada ), theology (B.A., M.A. from Salt Lake Baptist College), religion (B.S. from Liberty University), and classical Christian studies (M.A. from Knox Theological Seminary). Currently, he’s living in Moscow, ID, pursuing an M.A. in Theology and Letters at New Saint Andrews, a Ph.D. in Humanities at Faulkner University, and teaches at Roman Roads Classroom and Poiema.
He’s passionate about the craft of writing, exploring the Great Conversation, obeying the Great Commandment, and teaching the Great Commission while collecting more books than he’ll ever read in a lifetime.