The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education

Leigh A. Bortins

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In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on  political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can’t advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In this book, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:

• Rote memorization to cement knowledge

• Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines

• Reading the great books and seminal historical documents
   instead of adaptations and abridged editions

• Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

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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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About the Author

Leigh A. Bortins

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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The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
Leigh A. Bortins

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
June 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780230100350
ISBN10: 023010035X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes 10 black-and-white illustrations throughout
$16.00

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
June 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230107687
ISBN10: 0230107680
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes 10 b&w illus.
$9.99
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