This seminar focuses on the history of modern China beginning in 1850 and moving through to the 1990’s. The course begins with the Opium Wars, which drags China into international trade and the slow painful process of modernization. The students learn how China changed from an imperial state to a republic and finally a communist nation. The students will study in detail the policies and personality of Mao Ze Dong, the man who shaped present day China. The students read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, which takes place during the Cultural Revolution in China. It tells the story of two city boys who are sent to a remote village to be “re-educated”. Students will be expected to create a main lesson book and take a final exam for the course.
History through Art
The Ninth Grade studies history through the art of the Stone Age, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the early Christians, the Renaissance in northern and southern Europe, the Baroque and the 19th and 20th Centuries. Students learn to see artworks of each culture as symbolic of the consciousness of the people in a particular place at a given time.
History of Drama
In The History of Drama, the students study the origins of Theatre, Classical Greek Theatre, Medieval Theatre and Shakespeare; they read Iphigenia in Aulis and Romeo and Juliet as well as contemporary selections. Through class games, discussion, performance and writing they show their understanding of the issues in the plays. As a final activity, they produce a selection of scenes from the plays read over the length of the course.
Humanity and Idealism
This seminar creates a cognitive-experiential learning environment in which students relate conceptual understanding to practical implementation. The students will work in groups and thus learn first-hand the political and personal art of cooperation and compromise. Each group will create its own society that reflects the personal ideals of the individuals and the geographical, cultural, political and economic forces that shape all societies. Knowledge, content, cooperation, and application of the research process are emphasized through a variety of experiences. These include written assignments, research work, and oral presentations. As representatives of their society the students will present their culture to the high school, parents, and faculty members during the last week of the course.