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Life Lessons for Early Teens

By Daniel D. Hickey

Meet important people who shaped our world

Want your kids to have a well-rounded education? Discover how you can help make their minds strong.


Need to know how to confidently navigate a sea of misinformation for young people? Trying to figure out how to reinforce the most effective lessons? Worried that your high-performing adolescents will make the wrong life choices? As a busy father of three exceptional boys, author Daniel D. Hickey embraces the Socratic method to teach today’s youth how to achieve their full potential. Now he’s here to share a holistic approach to avoiding the pitfalls of the teenage years and discovering personal destiny.


A Classic Path Through High School: Life Lessons for Early Teens is the essential step-by-step handbook to frame time-honored events and lessons the right way to promote adolescent achievements. Through detailed examples in the chapters God, Country, Sex, Drugs, Rock, and Roll, your children will develop a new perspective on history that will transform into long-term results. And by turning education into an ongoing and exciting journey, you’ll foster wonder and awe in students already close to the top of their game.


In A Classic Path Through High School, you’ll discover:

  • How to see through the cloud of puberty to make the right choices
  • Methods for understanding and nurturing each child’s individual talents
  • The best techniques to establish long-lasting habits for success
  • Stellar examples of history’s finest minds in action
  • Approaches to strengthening family bonds, developing stronger educational thirst,                    and much, much more! 

A Classic Path Through High School: Life Lessons for Early Teens is a must-have resource that will bolster parents to help future generations become proactive seekers and achievers. If you like enlightening information, classical ethics and morals, and encouraging discussion, then you’ll love Daniel D. Hickey’s refreshing guidebook.


Buy A Classic Path Through High School to advance their prospects today!


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: God
Chapter 2: Country
Chapter 3: Sex
Chapter 4: Drugs
Chapter 5: Rock
Chapter 6: …and Roll

Chapter Outlines


  • Socrates, Confucius and Buddha all began the formal thought of religion and philosophy around the same era.
  • Judaism preceded that era and the other Abrahamic religions followed. All have similar exhortations to “Know Thyself.”
  • Truth in Socrates’ Allegory of the Cave.
  • All religions agree that our actions determine our destiny.
  • The 7 Deadly Sins and 7 Holy Virtues provide a model for self-knowledge.
  • The Age of Enlightenment changes the focus from God to the human individual, Nietzsche and Marx.
  • Faith and reason via Galileo and St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • New Age holistic views of mind, body and spirit.
  • Data on religious affiliation.


  • Emperors ceded power to popes then kings and princes.
  • Machiavelli’s The Prince. 
  • Locke and the pilgrims and the philosophy behind Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.
  • Our persona vs. our true personality with help from Confucius.
  • Aristotle’s three levels of friendship.
  • Discovering and developing our unique talents.
  • Joining groups and choosing friends. 
  • Balancing pride and humility and the story of Icarus flying too close to the sun.
  • Lincoln’s righteous actions spoke louder than his eloquent words.
  • MLK’s letter from the Birmingham City Jail.
  • Driving as a rite of passage and introduction to brain studies.
  • Statistics on teenage deaths.


  • The history of sex from Adam & Eve to ancient Greece, Hedonism, Roman Bacchanalia, the Renaissance to Victorian morality.
  • Freud and the minor sexual revolution of the early 20th century, The Great Gatsby and flappers.
  • The 1960s Cultural Revolution and hippy free love.
  • Pornography told through the story of Linda Lovelace’s Deep Throat.
  • St. John Paul’s view on sexuality as the ultimate gift from God, rejoining God to the humanistic movement that began in the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Ovid’s advice to young men and women on how to be lovable.
  • Staying in shape, data on calorie burn and accumulation.
  • How love and sex affect the chemicals in the teenage brain.
  • Delicate treatment of teenage temptations.


  • Greek drinking parties as seen in Plato’s Symposium. 
  • Opium in Homer’s Iliad, and Hippocrates prescribing it as the Father of Medicine.
  • Opium, coca, and marijuana use dating back to prehistoric times.
  • American rum and whiskey.
  • Tobacco and Pocahontas, and Sons of Liberty making America a coffee nation.
  • Writers and housewives getting addicted to opium based patent medicines in the late 1800’s.
  • The temperance movement and Prohibition,
  • The sixties drug culture, Leary and Elvis.
  • Formal presentation of Dr. Daniel Siegel’s work on the teenage brain and the effects of drugs and alcohol.
  • Story of Janis Joplin as a teenager, then superstar, then member of the 27 Club with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and others.
  • Data on historical teen drug and alcohol use.


Settling the Kentucky frontier from the 1750’s French and Indian War to the War of 1812, seen from the perspective of the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh and his tribe’s respected foe, Daniel Boone. Added perspective from the young George Washington to his retirement.

...and Roll

Shakespeare’s story of teenage Prince Hamlet’s indecisiveness, and the idea of truth hidden by uncertainty.


The influence of The Beatles on the author’s adolescence.


Daniel D. Hickey is the author of A Classic Path Through High School: Life Lessons for Early Teens, the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Being a Teen category. (March 8, 2021)

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