Knowledge Leads to Freedom
Thomas Jefferson said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," and in order to be vigilant in keeping our freedom we must know the governmental systems that either keep us free or hold us in bondage. The understanding of Government, Politics and the systems that either give us freedom and liberty or hold us in bondage and slavery is key to keeping liberty. When a government can limit the education and understanding of the people, then the tyrant can take over and usurp freedoms. Our children must understand how to maintain freedom and the rule of a free people. Henry Peter Broughman, a British statesman (1778-1868) said, "Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave." We must study and understand the Constitution of the United States and in doing so we must also understand why and how it was put together and the great thinkers throughout history whose lifetimes of experience inspired the founders of the United States to create this Constitution. A fantastic book about this is "The 5000 Year Leap" by W. Cleon Skousen. There are many resources to assist you in instilling in your children a deep understanding of the freedoms preserved in our constitution and the people who have fought and died for these principles of freedom.
Use Living Books
Charlotte Mason Education method is fantastic in the idea of "Living Books" which teach the core subjects. One highly recommended by Charlotte Mason is Plutarch's Lives. Charlotte Mason in a Parents Review article said, "Plutarch's Lives, . . . I think, stand alone in literature as teaching that a man is part of the State, that his business is to be of service to the State, but that the value of his service depends upon his personal character."