Monday, August 9, 2010

The Core (review)





The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh A. Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations, shows how non-classically educated parents can give their children what they weren’t taught themselves. This book is not just for homeschoolers. Bortins doesn’t just show what’s wrong with education today, she gives a blueprint for fixing it. She gives concrete reasons we all need a classical education: we need to train our brains, and the classical model will restore memorization, analytical, and communication skills.

Bortins tells how parents can utilize time-proven methods in each subject area. Real-life examples that any parent can use with any age child make The Core reader friendly. In addition, the “Schedules and Resources for Classical Education” makes this book even more practical. Just in case the “What’s Wrong with Education Today” chapter didn’t convince you that any parent with school-age children should read this book, the epilogue is entitled “How a Classical Education Gives Us Skills We Need as Adults.” That’s right; a solid classical education is not just for children. The Core is an easy read on a challenging subject—two thumbs up.

Purchase your copy from McMillan for only $16.00.


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