I have always been disappointed with my history education. In part because my public school history curriculum jumped all over the place, chronologically speaking, leaving me without any concept of antecedent, cause, or effect. I would cite examples of my history gaps, but I don’t make a habit of publicly embarrassing myself if I can help it.
When I started our homeschool journey, I was captivated by the idea of chronological history cycles, something I first learned about in Bauer’s absolutely amazing resource, The Well-Trained Mind, but which has become an omnipresent feature of the neo-classical method. There are a number of variations, but the basic idea is this: a student goes through all of world history in four years, broken down into ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern eras. In a twelve year education, a student cycles through three times, each time diving more deeply into the topics and wrestling with concepts in history at higher and higher processing levels.
But chronological history, I’m just not that into you anymore. I mean, I love you, but I’m not in love with you.
These are the downsides to chronological history: