My name is Alessandra Brohmer Hansen. I was born and raised in Milan, Italy, until age 14 when my family moved to Tahiti, French Polynesia. After graduating from Middle School in Italy (Italian Literature and Latin), I attended a French Lycée in Tahiti where I earned a Baccalauréat with an emphasis in French Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Languages (Italian, French, English, and Spanish).
In 1982, I moved to Los Angeles where I attended USC, and received a Bachelor Degree in Broadcast Journalism, with an emphasis in International Relations. In 2000, I completed and received a Master’s Degree in Humanities, with an emphasis in Philosophy, Literature and History, from California State University Dominguez Hills. I am also a Certified Instructor with the Institute for Excellence in Writing, in Atascadero, California. I have taught Freshman Composition and Critical Thinking, World Literature, and French at Biola University, and am currently teaching writing at Northwest University in Seattle.
I was thrust into home schooling when our oldest daughter, then 5, would not be allowed into 1st grade because of her January birthday, despite her reading skills. Repeating Kindergarten simply was not an option for us. Home schooling has been a great blessing in our family life, and has allowed us to work as short-term missionaries all over the world (Brazil, China, Philippines, Hawaii, England, South Africa, Mexico, to name a few).
My method and philosophy of education mirror the European classical educational systems I was privileged to attend. There are very few, if any, fill-in-the-blanks, true-or-false, or multiple-choice tests. Bringing understanding to the subject using critical thinking, discussion, logic, and research is how I teach, following a Socratic pedagogy of purposeful questions. I believe that integrating subjects such as Literature, History, Philosophy, and Worldview gives students a much deeper and greater understanding of our world, ideas, events, people and cultures. All of this is guided by, and analyzed through, the lenses of a strong Christian Worldview, based on the inerrancy of the Bible.
I firmly believe that Worldview Education must be integrated in any Junior High and High School curriculum in order to better prepare our students for college, vocational school, or career. I believe there are two goals which are met in Worldview Education —
Defensive goal: Colossians 2:8 – “See that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, rather than according to Christ.” Many Christian students, parents, and teachers falsely assume that Christian youth are immune to false ideas simply because they have been raised in a Christian environment. In fact, 59% of Christians renounce their faith before graduating from college, be it a Christian or secular institution. Only 9% of Christian teens believe in moral absolutes versus 4% of non-Christian teens. And studies show that an increasing number of Christian students respond to social and political issues just like Secular Humanists. So the first goal is to help protect our children from being deceived by anti-Christian ideas, to equip them to be able to stand firm in explaining their beliefs in a logical and deliberate manner. We do this by developing a Christian worldview in our children, based on God’s Word, with which we help them examine all areas of life: politics, arts and entertainment, social issues, the legal system, history, economics, and current events.
Offensive goal: 1 Peter 3:15 – “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” The second goal is to train up Christian leaders who will bring the precepts of Christianity back into positions of influence in all areas of life. But unless they understand how those areas of life are dominated by other belief systems, they obviously will not have any idea what changes are needed. So we teach our children how people holding other worldviews interpret those same areas of life. Unless they understand the presuppositions (the ideas) that form opinions, they will be unable to stand under scrutiny, let alone to convince others that they hold to a faulty worldview.
My passion is to teach young people how to think for themselves in the framework of a Christian Worldview, and to help parents come alongside their homeschooling students.
I consider teaching a privilege and a great responsibility as we prepare our children for their future. With God’s grace and wisdom, I believe we can inspire them to become world-changers for their generation.
I also believe you, their parents, are their greatest heroes.
Let’s get started.