MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

A STUDY OF WORLDVIEWS

Do your children see the world through the lens of Scripture?

Everyone has a worldview. It is the “lens” through which we view everything around us. Most people blindly accept theirs from the culture in which they live. However, Christians are called to cultivate a biblical worldview.

Comparative Worldviews, taught by John Stonestreet, is one of the foundational courses offered by CollegePlus. It is a great introduction for those who are new to this area of study.

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(This is part 5 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

ENGAGING FOR ALL LEVELS OF LEARNING

We’ve had a lot of worldview training in our house. Through the years, Roger and Ryan have watched many hours of teaching on philosophy, apologetics, and worldview from great minds such as R.C. Sproul and Ravi Zacharias.

We extended their worldview studies when they participated in the pilot program for Philosophy Adventure. (They read and re-read drafts of the curriculum as it was being written.)

Added to all of that, our speech and debate club dedicates an hour of every week to apologetics. So it would be fair to say they have been immersed in worldview studies.

Even with that background, they enjoyed working through Comparative Worldviews.

IMPORTANT TOPICS

The course materials include video lessons, the book, Making Sense of Your World and supplemental articles. Topics include:

  • What is a Worldview?
  • Putting Worldviews to the Test
  • Chuck Colson Worldview 101: Why It Matters
  • Naturalism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Postmodernism
  • Theism
  • Pluralism
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Bioethics
  • Marriage and Family

Many benefits result from studying worldview. For instance, the study of worldviews helps college students recognize how an author and/or an institution’s beliefs influence what and how material is presented — and how that can influence what a student will be persuaded to believe as a result of taking a course.

Gaining this awareness is an important step in learning how to perceive and pursue truth in any environment.

PASSING THE TEST

Comparative Worldviews takes between 55-60 hours to complete and is generally worth three college credits.

Once Roger and Ryan had worked through the course materials, they were ready to take the final exam, which they took online. It was proctored by ProctorU, a live remote proctoring service that allows students to take exams from anywhere using a webcam and a reliable internet connection.

Prior to beginning the exam, they were required to follow detailed instructions that included removing all books from their workspace before they began, using a mirror to show the edges of the monitor to the proctor, showing personal identification, and answering questions. (It sounds complicated, but it was actually pretty easy.)

They got their test results immediately upon completing the test, and we happily celebrated their success.

THE DISCIPLINE OF CELEBRATION

With the speed and demands of life, it is all too easy to race on to the next challenge without pausing to recognize and be thankful for what we, in His strength, are able to achieve. (Left to my own devices, the pace I might set could easily suck the joy out of our journey.) Fortunately, my husband has taught us the importance of the discipline of celebration.…

Take time to celebrate victories!

In upcoming posts, we’ll share more about the courses Roger and Ryan have completed with CollegePlus.

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