By Katie Summit
I have read every single book by Gerald Lund. I love the Work and the Glory, Only the Brave, and even The Guardian (which I found a little weird). But the Fire and Steel series, Oh My Gosh. I couldn't put the books down! The series has four books, and the fourth one hadn't come out yet. I finished the first three and complained and complained about not having the fourth one. (Just ask my mom.) ;) When it did come out a few weeks later, I don't think I came out of my room for a day.
When I think of wonderful books, this is on the top of my list. I love this book.
It's the story of a Vietnamenese girl and her family. They have to flee Saigon after Saigon fell to the Communists in 1975. Written in poetic verse, it literally captivates the reader and puts them right in the middle of what was going on.
By Scott Summit
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about learning, and obtaining a liberal education. I feel like my high school years were the formative years, and shaped who I have become today. I was able to read, study, discuss and learn more than any other time during my life. I was able to obtain a great liberal education, partly because my parents allowed me to do non-traditional schooling between the years 15 and 18.
Most young adults between 14 and 18 attend a public high school, charter or private school. I had the opportunity to attend a mixture of all three. I attended at least 7 different schools or groups during this time. I went part time to South Cache and Mountain Crest, the local public schools. I also attended Williamsburg Academy, Cincinnatus Academy, and the Scholar Academy. These were all amazing experiences, and provide a rich learning environment.
This year I taught a leadership and geography class for a group of homeschooled teenagers in our area. These teens are wonderful kids, and we had a lot of fun as they explored how they could make a difference in the world.
One of the best things we did as a class was have the opportunity to participate in an online conference call with George Kohlrieser. He is known around the world for his leadership experience. He is a psychologist, a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD business school in Switzerland, and (the thing that my students thought was the most exciting) he is a hostage-negotiator!
Dr. Kohlrieser has written a book called “Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance.”