What’s so great about The Great Courses?

Over 25 years ago, Tom Rollins, a Harvard Law student was unprepared for an exam. He found a videotape series that would help him acquire the material efficiently. When he began to watch the video lecture series, he was surprised, impressed and inspired. The video lectures by Professor Irving Younger were engaging and powerful. An idea (and company) was born. Since then, The Teaching Company became The Great Courses Company and their repertoire of dynamic and powerful lecture series has grown to a huge catalog of offerings in a wide spectrum of subjects.

 

When Rollins created the company, his premise was simple (http://www.thegreatcourses.com/about-us/heritage):

 

  1. Find the top 1% of college professors in the world, selected entirely for their ability to teach.
  2. Use feedback from customers to help craft courses into formats uniquely designed for the lifelong learner.

 

Naturally, many leadership education families have seen great value in incorporating some of the The Great Courses into their personal study.

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Alright, now what?

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Just about two years ago my little family was trying to find a history curriculum. For religious reasons, we were pretty dissatisfied with many of the popular options and for philosophical reasons we were unimpressed with the options that met our religious criteria. Who knew that finding a simple history curriculum could be so difficult? At that time we were more or less following Charlotte Mason ideology and so we knew that we wanted a living and breathing history presentation that told the story of the peoples who have made history rather than an exercise in memorization abstract names and dates. [Continue reading]

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Cranford Colloquium Discussion

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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill (where to buy) is a feel good book that is sure to make you laugh and cry. The witty English humor is one of my favorite things about her style of writing. It was a great book for a colloquium. We followed up our … [Continue reading]

Mentoring Lessons from Bambi

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Bambi the Disney movie was the one I avoided when people listed off movies-to-watch. It was too sad and boring to me. It put a bad taste in my mouth and so I had no interest in reading the classic book either. I’m so glad I changed my mind. We just … [Continue reading]

Reading Through The Lists

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Confession: I have less than no interest in New Year's goals. It is not that I think the idea of goal setting to be a bad one - it is just that the idea does not resonate with me. I love goals. I love lists. I just don't have any desire to set upon a … [Continue reading]

Martin Luther and Johannes Gutenberg

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Ninety-five errors are what Martin Luther found in the doctrine of the Catholic church, or THE church at the time. He boldly put this list on the door of the church in Wittenburg. In consequence of this and other reasons related, the Diet of Worms … [Continue reading]

Bonhoeffer: the Book

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I finished Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy with my husband this week. Metaxes wrote a work of art. I read this with my husband and we learned so much about WWII that we never knew. My husband and I could hardly stay away from the book and … [Continue reading]

Year of Books and Reading

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  This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site! “The born reader reads anywhere, any when, by day or night, by thte light of the moon and the stars, or even, so I have heard, by lightening or the aurora … [Continue reading]

My Path to Creating a Gospel Centered Homeschool or Reflections on the Mortal Messiah

My Path to Creating a Gospel Centered Homeschool

Each time you return to the classics you are a new person than the last time you visited. Classics are books that you can get something from that is life changing and your friend can do the same and they may be completely different, or in some ways … [Continue reading]

Filling In The Colors Themselves

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George McDonald is an often forgotten and overlooked author who inspired authors like CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. MacDonald was a short-time minister, theologian, lover of literature and a pretty amazing children's fantasy writer. In the … [Continue reading]

Confessions from a Book Collector

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Can there be anything sweeter than the feeling of finishing a book that moved you, changed you, stretched you, and molded you? That is what good books can do. “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, <3 the Baker's!   … [Continue reading]

Read Aloud: What we have learned as a Family

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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald Reading books aloud has been a part of my life from the beginning. I’ve tried to do the same for my own “little” family that I’m raising. I feel that reading aloud books as … [Continue reading]

The Rithmatist: Why We Loved Reading it

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Whenever we’ve taken a vote throughout the year of everyone in the family’s favorite read-aloud-of-the-year. It is always, hands down, The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. Because I was curious what they loved so much about the book, I sat down … [Continue reading]

Classic Kids Book List That EVERY Child Needs: List Six

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A book in the hand is a book in the brain and heart. Books change us. Books heal us. Books gives us stories to go on and ideas for life itself. And books, as we have seen in our family, have helped in bridging learning gaps in multiple ways. In … [Continue reading]