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Is CC a Multi-Level Marketing Scheme?

“No way. Do not involve us in an educational multi-level marketing scheme!”

Having succeeded and failed at more than one multi-level marketing (MLM) “opportunity” in the past, it shocked me that my husband responded to my proposal that I Direct with Classical Conversations in such a forceful way. Surely, he could recognize that what I was describing was not anything like the modest successes and notable failures my MLM experience held?

Obviously not. Time to back pedal and respectfully explore his objection and perception.

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How Challenge Challenged Me as a Student

The Challenge program is so named because it makes students accomplish difficult things. It is not easy. If you’re wondering whether or not the Challenge program is right for you or your student, perhaps this personal testimony from one of our very own Challenge students might clarify your decision.

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Graduation Celebration: Reminder to Register!

This year, we are excited to host the Classical Conversations Graduation Celebration from Friday, April 30 through Saturday, May 1 during our National Conference. We’ll be celebrating right next-door to our home office in Southern Pines, North Carolina. We look forward to recognizing this momentous day with our Challenge grads, families, and friends!

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2021 Classical Conversations National Conference: Join Us!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 29-Saturday, May 1. This year, we’re holding the Classical Conversations National Conference right next to our home office in Southern Pines, North Carolina!

This is a great opportunity to get connected with the greater CC community of homeschool families across the nation, to be inspired by key leaders in the home education movement, and for your children to have fun at interactive student camps!

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Why Study Old-Fashioned Subjects?

Classical Conversations’ Challenge programs introduce students to many valuable subjects as they practice the skills of learning. These subjects include some that are regarded as significant today, such as algebra. Others have fallen out of favor in academic circles, such as Latin, poetry, philosophy, and formal logic.

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The Power of Community – Not What You Think

Someone recently asked me to weigh in on their “be part of a local community” or “do Classical Conversations at home” dilemma. As I began to gather my thoughts, identify my best examples, and marshal my arguments, I realized that for me, the jury is not still out. I am wholly sold to the power of community! But, as I continued to think about the subject, I realized that the primary power of community is not what I once thought.

Finding God in Shakespeare

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is the quintessence of dust? (Hamlet II.ii.303-308)

When you read this, do you hear echoes of King David’s question from the Psalms: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? And yet, you have placed him a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor.” If you find yourself asking how God can be found in Shakespeare

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On the first day, God created light and it was good. On the second day, God created the heavens between the separated waters, and together the light and the heavens were good. He continued with each day’s creation being deemed good until the sixth day. On the sixth day, God created land animals and then man, male and female, in His image, to rule over all of creation. All of His creation was very good.

Being created in the image of our creating God, it is inherent in us to desire to make good things into more good things, and more good things into very good things.

Will a Classical Education Get Your Child a Job?

If there is a question that just begs for both a “yes” and a “no” answer, it is this question: Will a classical education get your child a job?

We homeschooling parents worry about our children’s future. We want them to be successful, get married, and make a difference. We imagine them with flourishing lives buoyed by a Christ-centered, classically formed educational foundation. And then we stare into the high school years and think maybe now is a good time to switch back to something more predictable, more familiar, more status quo.

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110 rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

Last week I mentioned briefly the 110 rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation that George Washington copied out by hand into his copybook. I’d like to delve into those rules a little more deeply this week.

These 110 rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. Presumably they were copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by young Washington’s schoolmaster. The first English translations of the French rules appeared in 1640, and are ascribed to Francis Hawkins, the 12-year-old son of a doctor. From the Hawkins book the 110 rules copied by Washington were selected, simplified and arranged by some person at present unknown.

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