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The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education Paperback – June 8, 2010
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“The Core provides an altogether practical curriculum, a handy reference work for busy parents who want their children to enter adulthood fully-equipped with the knowledge and skills possessed by responsible citizens, discerning consumers, and ethical selves.” ―Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation
“In a time when many parents are rediscovering the classical methods of education, whether at home or in the classroom, it is heartening to see more and more educators studying, applying, and refining these methods. This book by Leigh Bortins is admirable part of that project, and I commend it to you.” ―Douglas Wilson, author of The Case for Classical Christian Education
“Shifting American education from the factory model to a classical model is the goal advanced by Classical Conversations founder and President Leigh Bortins. The public school bar for educational achievement has dropped so low that it takes time for parents to discover how much more potential their children have outside government's educational straightjacket. The Core brings a wealth of practical experience developing classical skills and content for thousands of families engaged in home-centered education nationwide.” ―Gregory Rehmke, Program Consultant for Foundation for Economic Education
“Leigh shows a breadth of knowledge and awareness that will be very helpful. Since I believe our future as a nation depends on the willingness of the home schooling mom to exercise and live with her freedom, this book could make a serious contribution to our national well-being.” ―Andrew Kern, President, Circe Institute
“If you have children of your own - of any age - and you long for a way to be certain they will prosper in life, you will love this book. If you deal with children in an educational situation, this book will motivate you to think differently about how they might best learn. And, if you just simply care about the children around you, you will find this book personally inspiring and you will want to share it.” ―from the Foreword by Becky Dunlop, The Heritage Foundation
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Leigh A. Bortins is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc., whose enrollment is 20,000. She hosts a weekly radio show, Leigh! for Lunch and lectures widely about the importance of home education at nationwide conferences and seminars. She lives in West End, NC.
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As a former public educator for 7 years in elementary and special education, I honestly feel that Leigh Bortins opened my mind and wrote my beliefs, concerns and disppointments with current public education as she wrote THE CORE. Her research on current and past educational standards is superb and thorough. Personal opinion is offerred, but more as personal refection or experience. Her national and global experience in educating children classically is welcomed by the reader as they may be tackling the idea of introducing classical education in their own family.
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