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Classical Conversations: An interview with Leigh Bortins

Vol. 55, Prg. 16–20
October 4–8, 2004

"I'd love to use a classical approach in my homeschool, but I don't know where to start!" Does that statement sound familiar? Then these programs are for you. Host Michael Farris is joined by Leigh Bortins, a homeschooling mom who founded Classical Conversations to help ordinary parents provide their kids with a classical education. This week, she clarifies the basics and suggests aids to teaching classically.

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One mom’s story
What is the trivium?
The challenges of classical education
Teaching strategies
Just for parents


Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins is perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. Her emphasis on teaching these tools encourages people to develop the necessary skills to conquer any field of study. Her programs have touched thousands of parents, students, teachers, and school board members. Her expertise is the plain old enjoyment of learning and stresses the fundamentals of education and critical thinking skills.

She is the founder of Classical Conversations, Inc., an organization whose mission is to empower students to significantly increase their ability to achieve academic success and reduce the cost of education. She trains gifted facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods, thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life.

Leigh has taught study skills for almost 20 years to children and adults. She homeschools her four sons and has written The Foundations Program: A Classical Curriculum for other teachers to use. She received the Piedmont Entrepreneurial Initiative Spark Award for her company's business plan and has been featured in many newspapers. Many of the high school students enrolled in her programs have received full scholarships to selective universities. She earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Classical Conversations

Leigh Bortins

You can find out more about Leigh Bortins' classical education program by going to her website at the above link. To read Dorothy Sayers' groundbreaking essay that inspired the modern classical education movement, click on the link below.

The Lost Tools of Learning

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