What Does Your Core Look Like?
If you are curious about education. If you want to develop life-long, logical learners, then I encourage you to join me this summer.
I am going to be reading a book titled, The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education, written by Leigh A. Bortins.
What is the book about?
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• Reading the great books and seminal historical documents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
I want to learn more.
My schooling was fine. I did well in school. We lived in an excellent school district. But quite honestly, I don’t know that I always think in an orderly manner. Structured. Um . . . I’m not always logical. And if you want me to explain something, it is better to have me write it out than speak my thoughts.
But don’t tell me that to my face.
I have been learning a lot about a certain community of homeschoolers. At home we call them CC’ers. This means Classical Conversations.
It’s not a coop. It’s a community.
I have no idea what I am really getting into, but I’m excited.
We will begin discussing in two weeks . . . which will bring us to May 23rd as the launch date. I will post my thoughts here, but we can dialogue on my Facebook page (goodness that page needs some design help! You should go look.)
By the way, you don’t have to be involved in Classical Conversations to participate in this book club. The Core looks into the idea of Classical Education.
Will you be joining me?
Leave me a comment . . . I would love to hear your thoughts as to why you want to learn more about classical education or developing a strong brain.