Courses for teens
give them knowledge that counts
Fathom the Good is the only political philosophy curriculum for high schoolers that supports real morality and common sense. We teach clear thinking grounded in the best of Western civilization. Children resist radicalization by learning to think along with the American Founders and their predecessors in the Western moral and philosophical tradition..
Our Courses for Teens include:
Teaching philosophical principles to teens is no easy task. How do we do it? Lessons guided by Professor Hancock's Original Text provide insightful commentary and a high level of philosophical scholarship—all in naturally engaging ways.
The Western political, philosophical, and religious tradition has been called “The Great Conversation” for a reason, and we want your child to know what that reason is. Our carefully selected Primary Sources are taken directly from the pens of the greatest thinkers. We provide the tools to both analyze and synthesize those ideas, to understand the broad contours of “The Great Conversation” and, eventually, to participate in it.
No Wikipedia article or textbook summary of an author’s teaching can match the vigor, grace, force, or subtlety of primary sources.
We introduce the following authors, past and present: Alexis de Tocqueville, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Machiavelli, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison, Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, Rene Descartes, G.K. Chesterton, Seymour Lipset, C.S. Lewis, Irving Kristol, and Allan Bloom, to name a few.
Reading is the skill most essential to becoming self-aware. But reading well is more than scanning for information. It is actively engaging with the author, listening for clues to his or her intentions and assumptions, forming questions, and listening for answers.
To read actively is to think with the author. An author worth reading writes with purpose using specific devices to achieve his or her aims. To appreciate an author’s deeper meaning, Fathom approaches reading with four purposes:
Active reading requires reading a text several times and in different ways. Our curriculum integrates Reasoning Tools, including reading, writing, and discussion skills, to accomplish familiarity, summary, engagement, and articulation simultaneously and in ways that are simple to master.
Our engaging five-minute animated Mentoring Videos provide students with another layer of learning. These videos accompany each section of our Courses for Teens and provide additional insights regarding important or challenging ideas. This multi-layer approach to learning is what makes it possible for young people to engage with challenging but important philosophic ideas.
Why the Fathom approach?
Today's world is difficult to navigate. This is especially true for youth on social media where thinking is reduced to emotionally riveting soundbites. So many are left anxious and confused. No wonder young people fall prey to radical ideas. They give meaning and purpose to a world turned upside down.
Education is largely to blame, failing to provide reading, writing, and discussion skills to help students think clearly about things that really matter. Fathom the Good provides a much-needed solution. Our innovative, user-friendly approach is intellectually enriching, giving teens the resources they need to think for themselves and resist radicalization.
“As a homeschool mom, I am constantly searching for curriculum that will help me and my children develop critical thinking skills essential in our search for truth. When I found Fathom the Good, I knew it was just what our family needed! I love the the step-by-step approach that really helps us fully understand the philosophical concepts, while also providing a framework for us to reason out our thoughts and present them in an organized, effective, and respectful debate. Don't hesitate in using this curriculum! It is such a powerful tool in protecting your family against the evils of a woke world.”
Homeschool Mom & curriculum designer
"The introductory material is lucid, to the point, and yet never over-simplified. It points out some excellent distinctions and entry-points the introductory student may use to orient herself to Western philosophic tradition, and it should make her excited about the material to come. It is appropriate for all levels of secondary students. It reminds one of how Mortimer Adler would reveal, in his popular-audience books like Aristotle for Everyone, how the study of certain classical philosophic concepts flows quite naturally out of our common-sense concerns and ways of thinking."
Carl Eric Scott, PhD
independent scholar (PhD., pol. sci., fordham)
contributor to the postmodern conservative substack,
and leader of the provo great books club