How Raising Americans Works
America is the greatest country in the world. Sadly, our children learn the opposite in school.
Raising Americans provides the knowledge and tools to ensure your kids understand America's unique place in human history and know how to defend American values when challenged.
The True Story of American Exceptionalism
My simple system helps you teach your kids how Americanism creates a culture of happiness, equality and freedom.
We do this using lists, symbols and stories.
- Lists to simply define complex concepts.
- Symbols to inspire patriotism.
- Stories to make your kids (and you) proud to be an American.
Nothing we do is boring.
Our goal is to teach your kids to love America.
It is not to bore them (or you) to death attempting to turn them into historians or constitutional scholars.
Everyone starts with the Basic Americanism Course.
Basic Americanism covers, not surprisingly, the basics:
- Pursuit of Happiness
Our Founding Documents
- Declaration of Independence
- Bill of Rights
Slavery and Americanism
How a nation founded in liberty and dedicated to the principle that all men are created equal tolerated and even defended the abhorrent practice of chattel slavery.
Slavery, and the relationship between white Americans, black Americans and government defines every era of our history.
American culture is as much African as it is European. It is my hope that black and white Americans will finally unite behind our shared values and deliver the promise of our Founding to every American regardless of skin color.
After Basic Americanism you and the kids move to monthly Applied Americanism lessons.
Every lesson is a lesson I built for my sons.
I started with my oldest in 2012 and refined the system over time. It is significantly better for my younger boys...sorry, Kolton.
Applied Americanism Lessons
Every month we cover a historical event and at least one American value.
Honestly, I typically do more than one event per month. There is a lot of great stuff to learn and I always have a phone with me to record stuff.
The events and values are always tied back to an American Ideal.
So, we take an event, relate it to a value then discuss it relative to the American Ideals.
This allows your kids (and you) to think critically about any issue through a pro American prism.
It. Is. Awesome.
Your kids will never be conned into believing Communism is awesome, America is irredeemably racist or the Declaration of Independence is white supremacy.
There are some events we cover every year.
- Declaration of Independence
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Gettysburg Address
- George Washington's Inaugural and Farewell Addresses
- George Washington crossing the Delaware (Victory or death!)
- MLK "I have a dream"
Land of the Free
We spend a lot of time learning about wars, the men who fought in them and the leaders who shaped American strategy.
I say "men who fought" because we don't cover any war after Vietnam. Women were not in armed conflict (with rare exception) until recent American history.
We spend a lot of time discussing battles and heroism in Vietnam. Why Vietnam?
- many Vietnam Veterans are still alive and deserve our respect.
- Vietnam Veterans were treated poorly by the American media and misguided anti-war protestors.
- it's our obligation as Americans to right wrongs of the past. We can do this by simply saying "thank you" to those who served.
Wars We Cover
- French and Indian War
- Revolutionary War
- Tripoli Pirates
- War of 1812
- Civil War
- Korean War
Generals We Cover
- George Washington
- Ulysses Grant
- William Tecumseh Sherman
- Robert E Lee
- Stonewall Jackson
- George Patton
The lessons are simple.
Our goal is to make your kids love America and understand our unique culture. It is NOT to turn them into historians.