War, Planes, Space, Population Explosion

7th, 8th and 12th grades study modern history. Step through the evolution of the airplane at the Air and Space museum in Washington D.C. Walk the European battlefields of WWI and WWII.  Before you go, visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and the National Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg to get a quick overview. Witness the impact of industrialization and massive immigration by touring any of the major cities in America, all of which expanded dramatically over the last 100 years, and all have great museums to tell their unique stories. Pay particular attention to Ellis Island in New York.

Tour the huge ports of New York, Los Angeles, Savannah or Houston to better understand global trade. Take a cruise through the Panama Canal to see how global trade benefited from its opening and be amazed at the engineering accomplishment. Visit China to see the most populous country in the world with over 1.3 billion people compared to our 320 million.  Experience the controlling nature of a communist country compared to the freedoms we enjoy. Compare skiing the alps of Switzerland to the mountains of Colorado and see the cultural differences reflected in how the snow is prepared for skiers, to the food served on the slopes.

If your child hunts, consider going to Argentina for a white tail dove hunt. Teach your child to fish, then take him or her to Canada, Iceland or even Australia to see the similarities and differences. Go on an Africa Safari to see all the animals in the wild that your child saw in a zoo years ago; it is a life-changing trip. Work for a week in an orphanage in Zambia or Rwanda to experience the love and joy of the African people. Take a ferry from Cape Town, South Africa to Robbin Island to better understand apartheid. Explore the economies of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America on your visits. Compare the impact governments have in each of these countries.  Learn about exchange rates, the impact of weather and whether a country has adequate natural resources to sustain its population. If your child has learned a foreign language, make an effort to go somewhere he or she can use this linguistic gift.



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