K-12 Aimed at Thomas Aquinas College

in Blabber, Philosophy

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When we read DYOCC, we see that it’s author aimed MODG for her children attending Thomas Aquinas College, or one like it.  If you’ve never fooled around on that site, you need to.  The K-12 curriculum choices make a LOT of sense after you see it.  Here is the syllabus.  It’s a fixed curriculum.  Everyone basically follows the same course.  If you are planning to attend any kind of non-science graduate school, it would be a glorious foundation.  But, if you want a PhD in Genetics, I’m not sure that you can sail into grad school without some outside work.  Maybe you can.  I dunno.

But, if you’re the type of family that expects that a four year degree gets your child directly into a profession, (e.g., teaching grade school, work in a lab, be a nurse) this is not that kind of school.  College in my world is for getting a job, like immediately.  Grad school is a grown up thing you do while you’re working in the profession already.

So, does the K-12 curriculum still prepare you for “regular” college?  I would certainly think so.  Any classical education prepares you to navigate life better.  My one concern is science/math honors college.  I haven’t been to college in 20 years, so I don’t know how that works anymore, but family did the honors science route and continued to advanced degrees.  We did AP Biology, Physics, Calculus and got scholarships to honors colleges in our respective fields.  It would be GREAT if that was unnecessary for honors college programs.   I didn’t really “understand” a LICK of calculus, but I rocked that AP exam and skipped it in college.  I’m not sure that was a good thing.

Anyone have thoughts?



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1 Molly May 16, 2015

The mom of 7 who got me started homeschooling has found that for her children, MODG & Kolbe do not provide adequate science/math instruction (she and her husband both have Masters of Engineering, I dunno which), so consequently she piecemeals her religion and liberal arts curriculum from MODG/Kolbe/Seton, then uses a more rigorous math/science from non-Catholic homeschool suppliers. She saw that her children had aptitude in the areas she and her husband also had aptitude (or perhaps she taught better in those areas), and as such, tailored her curriculum to be strong in math/science.

So yeah, I agree, if one perceives a child has interests outside of the classical liberal arts for a career, then I can see that an exclusive MODG etc. foundation might not be sufficient.

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2 admin May 16, 2015

That is super-helpful!

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3 Anne June 13, 2015

can you elaborate on which non-catholic curricula do give a great science and math background?

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4 admin June 15, 2015

Oh, I have no idea. I did advanced math and science, but I was in public school in Oak Ridge, TN. It was 70% physicists at the time.

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