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Studying AP World History
Volume 115, Program 33
4/3/2013
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The scope of history is huge—it’s not an easy subject to teach! Today on Home School Heartbeat, Dr. Douglas Favelo, master teacher of world history at Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy, shares with host Mike Smith how he does just that as a teacher at the Academy.

Mike Smith:
It’s my pleasure to introduce Dr. Douglas Favelo, Patrick Henry College professor and master teacher of AP World History at PHC Prep Academy. Welcome to the show, Doc!

Dr. Favelo:
Thank you for having me on.

Mike:
It seems to me that world history is an awfully large topic to cover in just one course. How do you help students see the big picture in all the details as they’re learning?

Dr. Favelo:
You’re absolutely right; a class that has to cover every single event of every person from Creation to today is awfully large, and across all continents. And, of course, we have to teach our students to be able to be successful on the AP test, which is difficult. But I think the glue that binds it all together is—our PHC Preparatory Academy World History course—is focused on the Lord. And to see God’s hand in history, God is sovereign; and even in what we might call disparate regions or disparate peoples, all these events are somehow part of his plan and that is what keeps our AP World History course together.

Mike:
Well, Dr. Favelo, your method seems like it would help all of us understand our place in history. So thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today and with our listeners. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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