In the last two weeks I’ve had several meetings brainstorming possible collaborations between the School of Performing Arts and other Christ-centered educational organizations in the Upper Cumberland. While there are several exciting and interesting possibilities, the one that is most appealing to me personally (and also the likeliest to happen in the near future) is the chance that I may be teaching a course in Christian Worldview & Philosophy for homeschooled high school students.
I’ve had a desire for a while now to incorporate classes at the SPA that would broaden the scope of what we currently offer; things such as Music Theory, Music History, and Music Appreciation. One of the things I love most about music is how well-suited it is to being a tool for teaching about the Great Ideas that have shaped human history. So when I learned that the Sharp Arrows Tutorial Academy was looking for someone to teach an introductory class in Christian Worldview & Philosophy at Peachtree Learning Center, it seemed like a natural fit for a collaborative effort between three different programs!
There are still some details to be worked out, and it’s far from being a “done deal”, but one of the major details involves gauging the interest level for a class like this. If it were offered, there would likely be two different classes: a weekday morning class for homeschool students, and a not-for-credit version in the evenings geared primarily toward parents and other community members interested in the subject matter.
I’ve drafted a tentative syllabus based on a 32-week class (16 in the Fall Semester + 16 in the Winter/Spring Semester). Here are my stated course objectives:
- Provide students with a firm foundation for a comprehensive biblical worldview, as well as a basic understanding of major philosophical ideas that have competed with this worldview in shaping the world in which we live.
- Investigate ways in which philosophy and worldview influence popular culture (music, art, literature, movies, etc) and how these cultural artifacts in turn influence the thinking of individuals and entire societies.
- Equip students to be able to articulate a biblical worldview and defend it against challenges, while understanding that the proper end of apologetics is evangelism.
My three primary teaching sources would be The Truth Project materials from Dr. Del Tackett, Seven Men Who Rule the World From the Grave by David Breese (my review), and Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey (my review). In addition to studying some of the most influential philosophers in history, there will be a heavy emphasis on music and art history, showing how differing worldviews affect popular culture. I’m also hoping to end the class with a “field trip” to the Frist Center for the Arts and the Nashville Symphony.
Whether this class happens beginning this Fall or not, I definitely plan to teach this at some point. So let me know if you or your teenage child would be interested in something like this and I’ll keep you informed on when and where it will be happening!