Under Godby William C. Hendricks, 1966, 1981 edition.
We at McGuffey’s Readers World asked one of our most valuable and trusted sources of curricula, Mott Media, to recommend a text for teaching young students citizenship. Their choice is Under God by John Hendricks. It was originally published in 1966 and has stood the test of time.
Obviously to teach citizenship to the current generation it is necessary to deviate from the totally “old fashioned” texts and use something more contemporary, yet still espousing the important principles of our forefathers. This book, updated in 1981, our respected friends at Mott Media feel accomplishes this goal.
As stated in the Preface:
Considering the early 21st Century state of affairs in America of political correctness such a book seems most appropriate.
The purpose of this essential book is best set forth in the preface: “The goal of 'Under God' is to develop effective citizens within the framework of the Christian faith and Christian principles. To help students attain this goal, 'Under God' includes sound ideas about the foundations of constitutional government and the historical background of United States government. The starting point in teaching government is the basic conviction that God ordains it. He is the source of authority. That concept is the root of good government. The fear of the Lord is not only the basis, but also the motivation for good citizenship."
"The author is deeply conscious of each student’s need to develop a wholesome regard for government and a sense of personal responsibility for its proper functioning. Christian citizenship leaves no room for apathy. After students have considered the ideas presented in this book, we hope they will choose to do some of the suggested activities and to express their concerns through citizen action groups in their communities. Such action will help them to make a lifelong commitment to Christian citizenship."
"To aid in evaluating the student’s understanding of the material presented, unit tests are available from the publisher. We trust these materials will help Christian students realize their potential for effective citizenship under God.”
Under God is recommended as a textbook for an 8th or 9th grade course in U.S. government. Its structure and presentation, however, make it a valuable text for high school students and adults who do not have a thorough understanding of our government and its roots. Originally published in 1966 by The National Union of Christian Schools (now Christian Schools International), "Under God" was periodically revised through 1990. We have been very pleased to take over this project and, under the direction of Mr. Hendricks, make the necessary revisions to keep this book current.
Under God Price $29.99 + S & H 251 pages
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