Episode 30: Top Episode of 2022 with Leigh Bortins

Leigh discusses classical education, homeschooling, the origins of Classical Conversations, and the upcoming The Math Map.

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Top best episode of 2022: Leigh Bortins

Summary

Listen to Robert’s favorite episode from the first season of Refining Rhetoricā€”a conversation with the one and only Leigh Bortins, Robert’s mom and the founder of Classical ConversationsĀ®. Leigh has written several books, including The CoreThe Question, and The Conversation, and is well-known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. Since 1984, her efforts have helped launch the ā€œhome-centeredā€ education movement. In this rerun of the podcast’s second episode, Robert and Leigh discuss classical education, homeschooling, the origins of Classical Conversations, and the upcoming The Math Map, a brand-new math program for Classical Conversations members.

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“That’s the main reason we have Classical Conversations and our children in the programs. We’re going to use math and Latin and science and community and parent-child relations to see all of the ways the Lord helps us to know Him and to make Him known.”

Leigh Bortins

Topics

  • Intro to Leigh Bortins and Classical Conversations [1:47]
  • Leigh’s definition of classical education [2:51]
  • The origins of Classical Conversations [5:47]
  • The decision to make Classical Conversations a business [10:27]
  • The changes in homeschooling since Classical Conversations began [12:39]
  • Leigh’s advice to homeschool parents feeling discouraged [14:30]
  • What makes Classical Conversations unique [16:54]
  • New progress on the development of The Math Map [19:07]
  • Feedback from pilot programs for The Math Map [22:33]
  • Farewell to Leigh [25:57]
  • Ad: Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution [26:56]
  • Outro [27:30]

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