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Articles dated May 2017

Ethan with Rob and Leigh Bortins

National Number Knockout championship claimed by Minnesota CCer

by John
Tuesday, 09 May, 2017
categories: Articles
Rochester, Minnesota—To the uninitiated ear, the answers sound like gibberish—faster than an auctioneer. But Ethan Gates, 12, of Rochester, not only knows exactly what he’s saying, he’s also performing dozens of math equations in his head to get those answers. All in...
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Leigh Bortins and Jackson Ford

California CCer wins National Memory Master championship

by John
Tuesday, 09 May, 2017
categories: Articles
Fountain Valley, California—Jackson Ford is just 11, but his ability to memorize facts is amazing. So amazing, in fact, that the Fountain Valley, California, sixth-grader won a national memory championship and a $10,000 cash prize May 1. Jackson was one of 16 finalists...
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Juggling in the Margins

When my first two children were babies, I had one unique, pressing goal, in which I roundly failed. I had planned to speak Italian to my girls at home to give them an immersive start, but found my vocabulary too weak to meet the demands of constant communication....
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Dear Tired Mamas

Dear tired mamas: This is a hard time of year, especially for mamas of teens. Believe me, I know. After twelve years of Classical Conversations, my son finished up Challenge IV this week. At times, it seemed as if we would never make it. Then, in the twinkling of an...
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Don’t Walk Away from the Past

A few weeks ago life for me turned upside down. My family and I were in Athens, Greece at the time. I had moved to Athens to study Greek, and then we received the call no parent wants to receive.  My son had nearly died when the vehicle he was driving flipped six times...
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