Rated 2 out of 5 by bettypal Loved BJU Heritage Studies up until now
I am a BJU Press cheerleader, however, we are not loving history 7th grade. It was like the tide changed and all that we come to know and love changed. My son, who loves history, is not enjoying this years curriculum. He says that it is not because of the topic, (he loves history) it is because it is just hard to follow. I, the mom, am finding that the information, yet colorful and modern, lacks what previous years had in organization. The workbook and tests seem to have a discord with the text. We are just underwhelmed.
October 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PCSPrincipal Biblical material, poor tests
Written by the Middle School History Teacher at the request of PCS's Principal: The textbook is well crafted, with a very thorough scope of history and a balanced, thoughtful, Biblical presentation. The chapters, however, try to cover too much too fast, packing a great deal into chapters and underestimating the time necessary for absorption. Part of this is the inherent difficulty of the class itself. Trying to cover so much important information from all around the world in one year of study is incredibly ambitious. The best solution for future editions would be to include more time into the 6th grade curriculum so that World History doesn't need to cover quite so much. The 6th grade curriculum doesn't fill an entire year for many classes, and could cover more of the material in first few chapters of this book. The layout makes this edition look much more like a modern, higher education textbook, but has removed many of the visuals that most intrigued students in the past. There are many new, helpful visuals in this edition as well, though. The biggest stumbling block in this curriculum is the test that BJU creates. I say this because I've had the same problem with the 8th grade history tests. All too often, the tests focus on testing students' knowledge of minutia within the chapter, things that weren't important but are simply test-able details. The emphasis on test-making seems to be creating a test that can be most easily graded, with an immense amount of True/False and Multiple Choice questions, only a few Fill in the Blanks, and only on rare occasion anything like a Short Answer question. Most of the questions don't test anything of lasting importance, and the format doesn't encourage the kind of learning that will stay with the students any longer than a week. The students can't study well for a test that gauges such specific recall abilities, and the tests do not show whether they've grasped the Main Objectives stated in the Teachers Edition of the book. For 8th grade, I've given up using the BJU tests and have created my own that focus more on Short Answer/Essay questions (requiring answers of anywhere from 10 to 35 words) based on my reading of the chapter and the Objectives laid out in the Teachers Edition. I'm planning on doing the same now for 7th grade as well, and advising my principal to cease purchasing test booklets from BJU for 7th and 8th grade.
October 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by wstricklandkids Good Information - Tests don't seem to blend with text
Although we are enjoying the material taught in the World Studies text, the tests do seem very abstract in places. I have noticed that 50% of the tests aren't even found in the study guiedes or end of section reviews. As a matter of fact, the test questions are sometimes one line statements that don't seem to be emphasized at all in the text. This is misleading to the student. I find myself having to add to and subtract from the tests to get a fair assessment of what my child was taught from the chapter. This is surprising, because we have used this curriculum for years.
September 10, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by CSAOwls Tests Do Not Coincide With Textbook
My students and I have been frustrated with how the tests do not seem to match up to what is in the textbook. The tests sometimes ask for information that has not even been discussed. I have taught my students to look for the bold words, the extremes (largest/smallest) and I have resorted to giving open book tests as the questions seem to focus on insignificant details.
April 4, 2013