Enriching Everyday: 100 Year Anniversary of the "Unsinkable" Titanic

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The "Unsinkable" Titanic

The kids and I will be pausing today to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.  I know it sounds sad and terrible to be using this topic to "enrich" our homeschool experience, but there is much to learn from history and the frailty of man, and I just don't want my kids to miss this experience!

Why do I think the Titanic still has much to teach 100 years later?

The Titanic was a definitive event in western history.  
The tragedy.  The mystery.  The intrigue.  The romance and drama.
Hollywood has capitalized on these aspects of the Titanic for years now.  The most recent Hollywood adaptation in mind (movie title remains un-named), shows clearly how Hollywood has pushed it's own agenda and attempted to completely mute the true voices of those who sacrificed all upon that evening.  Voices that should shout clearly to us from their watery grave, "Women and children first."

The heritage.  The hope.  The triumph. 
These are the lessons I hope to teach to my children.

Here is what we have been talking about with our kids today:
  • Sacrifice.  Laying down your life, that another might live. John 15:13  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." KJV
  • Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood.  Teaching our children the responsibility we each have to our God-given Biblical gender roles.  Re-establishing gender distinctions is a major key to Christian living that I refuse to allow my children to miss.
  • Christian Culture and Heritage.  Do not loose our heritage of "Women and Children First!"  Do not submit to the negative voices of the liberal side.  Trust the Providence of God, no matter how things may "seem".
  • A real man lives in obedience to God and His established laws, commands and precepts.
The kids and I have been committing this excerpt from a Clark McAdams poem and using in for copywork this week:

“Boats for women! ”

Was the cry.

When the men

Were come to die.

When the end

Was drawing nigh
“Boats for women! ”

Was the cry.

Here are some more resources we will be reviewing today:

- REAL LIFE pictures of the aftermath of the Titanic

- We were actually able to rent this older theatrical version at the Library, but her is a good clip for you . . .
Nearer My God to Thee: Scene from the 1958 Film - A Night to Remember

- 45 Minute Documentary with Stories from Survivors

- AWESOME! Film on the Titanic from Vision Forum
Act Like Men: A Titanic Lesson in Manliness Here is the Trailer

Hoping you can find some great enrichment today, too!

The Joyful Socks Mom 

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