Plato pointing upward, toward absolutes and ideals. Aristotle, with fingers spread wide and toward earth, meaning he emphasized particulars.

How Should We Then Live?


The purpose for publishing this teach section on "How Should we Then Live?" is to be a resource for anyone wishing to teach from this book. The Journal is updated as the class progresses so a teacher can, using the outline and journal together, have both a plan of action and also an idea of what to expect.

Why we're different:

In evey Philosophy / History class I've ever seen, the lessons are a progression through time. The teacher is very interested in who Plato is, but to the students, he is just some old dead guy. With the use of current events, we go from ancient to present and back again, showing their ideas and issues are much alive in their present day. Simply put, we make them relevant.


Thie first class was on January 21, 2003. It was a little rough to begin with, but by the end of the 1st semester, 2 things were clear.

  1. We weren't going to be even close to covering the material in one semester.
  2. We were connecting with the youths in ways we had not expected and no longer cared how many semesters this would take

I recommend, in setting up your own course, you may use the Lesson Outline only loosely, as a starting point. The Journal shows how far we've gone astray from the Lesson Outline. So far, in fact, that it is a stretch of the imagination to describe the Lesson Outline as eve "loose".

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