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Deciding How To Decide: Sound Decision-Making Principles for the Next Generation (14)

Mike Winther Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Pistache
Whether we know it or not, we all have a decision-making methodology.  Unfortunately, most of us develop our decision-making processes haphazardly and without conscious thought.  Much of modern educational theory is designed to prevent students from developing clear and solid decision-making methods.  As home educators, we work hard to help our students make good decisions.  Unfortunately, we are often using decision-making models learned in previous generations of public schooling.

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Revisionist History Exposed (26)

Mike Winther Friday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pistache
This session will expose some popular modern misconceptions about history and historical events.  History is being revised every day: monuments are modified to omit scriptural references; events are changed to reflect political correctness; and new books, films, and documentaries are presenting persuasive and compelling misrepresentations of historical events.  This session will correct some of these errors and provide suggestions and tools to train parents and students to be more discerning.

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Introduction to Debate (42)

Mike & Mary Winther Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00 am Sacramento
This workshop will cover the benefits of competitive speech and debate for homeschool students and their families.  Debate is an excellent tool for learning research, reasoning, logic, public speaking, writing and many other subjects that we all want our students to master, all in an environment that students enjoy.  Speech and debate are activities that give students real skills that they can use to influence the world around them for the cause of Christ.  We will also examine how competitive speech and debate operates in the homeschool arena as well as how you can get your student involved.

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What Is the Proper Role of Government? (52)

Mike Winther Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Ballroom I
This is the central question of any study of government.  Unfortunately, this question is never asked in modern government classes.  In this session, Mike demonstrates the need for a “bright-line” between proper and improper government activity.  Although this session will not provide a complete answer to the question, it will start the student on an important journey toward defining the proper ethical role of government in a just society.

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