Year 1

Term 1:

The main goal of this initial term is to acclimate the student to self-directed, self-motivated study; to learn to be guided by a personal love of learning, rather than the carrot-and-stick structure of coercive methods. Study hours rise from 2-3 hours per day to 6-8 hours. Students are largely allowed to follow their own interests in study, guided toward high-quality and rewarding materials by the mentor. The student may read items scheduled later in the curriculum; other recommended items in Economics and History; or entirely different subjects such as anthropology, psychology, environmental issues, classic novels, physics or law. Required items are limited to:

Civilisation, thirteen-part BBC documentary narrated by Kenneth Clark
A Cartoon History of the Universe, by Larry Golnick


Term 2:

Harvard Classics vols 1-10:

Volume 1:
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin
The Journal of John Woolman, by John Woolman
Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn

Volume 2:
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito, by Plato
The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus
The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

Volume 3:
Essays, Civil and Moral, and New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
Areopagita and Tractate on Education, by John Milton
Religio Medici, by Thomas Browne

Volume 4:
The complete poems in English, by John Milton

Volume 5:
Essays, and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume 6:
Poems and songs, by Robert Burns

Volume 7:
The Confessions, by Saint Augustine
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis

Volume 8:
Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies, and Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus
Oedipus the King and Antigone, by Sophocles
Hippolytus and The Bacchae, by Euripides
The Frogs, by Aristophanes

Volume 9:
On Friendship, On Old Age, and letters, by Cicero
letters, by Pliny the Younger

Volume 10:
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

A History of the World, by J.M. Roberts
The Way the World Works, by Jude Wanniski
Gold: the Once and Future Money, by Nathan Lewis
The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz
The Libertarian Reader, by David Boaz
(optional) History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thyucidides

Individual study.

Term 3:

Harvard Classics, vols. 11-20.

Volume 11:
 The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin

Volume 12:
The Lives, by Plutarch

Volume 13:
Aeneid, by Virgil

Volume 14:
Don Quixote, part 1, by Cervantes

Volume 15:
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton

Volume 16:
stories from the Thousand and One Nights

Volume 17: Folklore and Fable
fables by Aesop
Children’s and Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen

Volume 18: Modern English Drama
All for Love, by John Dryden
The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith
The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Blot in the ‘Scutchen, by Robert Browning
Manfred, by Lord Byron

Volume 19:
Faust, part 1, Egmont, and Hermann and Dorothea, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

Volume 20:
The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt
Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond
Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, by David Ricardo
The 5000-Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen

Individual study.