Historian David McCullough, a man who is certainly knowledgeable about history, refers to the American neglect of the subject in this way: “Never in our lifetime, except possibly in the early stages of World War II, has it been clearer that we have as a source of strength, a source of direction, a source of inspiration—our story. Yes, this is a dangerous time. Yes, this is a time full of shadows and fear. But we have been through worse before and we have faced more difficult days before. We have shown courage and determination, and skillful and inventive and courageous and committed responses to crisis before. We should draw on our story, we should draw on our history as we’ve never drawn before.”

A homeschooler is capable of drawing on that story in a way no educational system can rival. Discover the untapped gold in your community—and strike it rich!

Aaron Sharp is a Master of Theology graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently employed in the Information Technology Department of the ministry Insight for Living. He is a former Director of Community Relations at Prairie Estates Nursing Home in Frisco, Texas. Aaron also writes for Graphe Ministries and recently finished his first book for Discovery House Publishers, I Didn't Sign Up For This. He lives in Little Elm, Texas, with his wife Elaina, and as of April 2011, their son Micah. They attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. 


1. Survey conducted by Jeep and Goodmind and is available at www.media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do;jsessionid=1949076D3D18F266A3E30F91BCD5B2F0?&id=1970&mid=46, accessed March 28, 2011.

2. The Economist. London: Economist Newspaper Ltd, 1843. February 17, 2011. 

3. Statistics courtesy of United States census, available at www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s0034.pdf,accessed March 28, 2011.

4. Statistics courtesy of Center for Disease Control, available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/nursingh.htm, accessed March 28, 2011.

5. The Economist. London: Economist Newspaper Ltd, 1843. February 17, 2011. 

6. Cole, Bruce, “The Danger of Historical Amnesia: A Conversation with David McCullough,” Humanities, 23 (2002).

Publication date: July 27, 2012