By Suzanne Sigman
After a thirty-seven-year career as a history teacher in public schools, Mark Ellwood retired—and promptly accepted a similar position in a private Christian school. They charged him with developing new AP programs in history and were immediately receptive when he proposed a yearlong history elective on Churchill, which began in September. After appropriate revision and refinement, Mark will give us the curriculum to put on the Teachers section of our web site. The Churchill Centre provided class quantities of My Early Life, Thoughts and Adventures and The Gathering Storm. The course is full with 25 students and will also be offered in future years.
Students need to have taken Western Civilization in order to qualify for the course, which is by application only. Because fifty-five students wanted to take the course, the administration is working to add a second section next year.
Parents were so enthusiastic about the Churchill course they requested an adult education version – Mark is managing to handle this as well, one night a week, He also reports that he has had inquiries from teachers at several other local schools who are interested in the course, and he plans to consult with them. It’s good news to have a popular and respected teacher, with forty years of experience, introducing Churchill to a new generation.
The photo shows Mark’s students holding their copies of My Early Life (Eland Edition, from Britain).