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Amos Fortune and True Freedom

In celebration of Black History Month, we would like to commemorate one of the great heroes of American history, Amos Fortune.

Amos was born an African prince named At-mun. When he was only fifteen, slave traders kidnapped and auctioned At-mun into a life of slavery in Massachusetts, where he was renamed Amos.

For nearly three decades Amos endured the injustices of slavery. However, he never lost hope for a future of freedom. Finally, Amos bought his freedom. Thereafter, he started his own tanning business in New Hampshire, saved money, and purchased freedom for many other slaves.

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Booker T. Washington and True Success

Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington and his family were emancipated after the Civil War. Growing up, Washington endured many hardships. Nevertheless, he learned the value of hard work, education, and perseverance as he ascended the ranks of society.

Our Challenge I students read and discuss Booker T. Washington’s autobiography, Up from Slavery, comparing and contrasting it with the earlier Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Amidst retelling his life’s story in Up from Slavery, Washington often provides brief yet powerful insights on the importance and true meaning of education, industriousness, happiness, and success.

The latter theme, success, consistently emerges throughout the text. So, as tribute to this influential and inspiring individual, here are three lessons from Booker T. Washington about true success.

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The Education of Washington and Lincoln

President George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732. President Abraham Lincoln was also a February baby, born Feb. 12, 1809. We now celebrate their lives—and those of our other presidents—on Presidents Day, the third Monday each February.

Ask any American the names of the two greatest U.S. presidents, and more than likely you will receive the same answer: Washington and Lincoln.

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I Survived Mock Trial

For several years, I regarded the coming of Challenge B with fear and trembling because of one thing: Mock Trial. I had never participated in any form of debate during my school years, so it was a vast unknown. (Well, not entirely unknown, but I am not sure my fascination with courtroom dramas on television counts as courtroom experience.) I was not sure I could help my son with Mock Trial in any constructive way. Yet I concealed my fears from him, took a deep breath, and took the plunge.

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Top Four Things You Can Learn from the Science Fair

Imagine this: an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The main character: a parent who did a horrible job on her junior high science fair project. Fast-forward to the present day. The plot: the parent is now trapped in an endless cycle of producing science fair projects until she finally gets it right.

In all seriousness, I must confess that I approached the Challenge B science fair project with a mixture of fear and dread. By the time I reached my son’s age, it had already been decided that I was a literature and languages person, not a science person. Even though I found science texts interesting and I made good grades, by age 13, I already wholeheartedly believed in the airtight categories of science people, math people, English people, art people, and so on. Therefore, I did not try very hard to come up with a great project; after all, no one expected me to—not even me.

Join CC‘s Fellowship of the King

There is a scene in The Fellowship of the Ring that totally redefined the word “fellowship” for me. Fellowship is a word that has become so common among church members that it has been watered down to mean almost nothing. If teens are talking outside, but doing nothing, we say, “Well at least they’re fellowshipping.” We have a large empty room called the “fellowship hall” that you can rent for graduation parties. What fellowship meant in The Fellowship of the Ring, however, is something much more profound.

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Why Churches Should Host a CC Community

Why should churches partner with Classical Conversations?

Are you a pastor thinking of hosting a Classical Conversations community at your church? Are you curious about whether a partnership would be a good fit?

Well, to hear why hosting a Classical Conversations community could be a great idea for your church, check out this personal testimony from Brad Steele, a pastor in Alachua, Florida:

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National School Choice Week

Today begins National School Choice Week, Jan. 24-30, the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort. Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 53,000 in 2020, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. Because of COVID-19, Campanella asked participants to plan activities and projects to celebrate National School Choice Week 2021, not plan in-person events.

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Essentials 5th Edition—Coming Soon!

Essentials just keeps getting better! In Spring 2021, we’ll release our first update to the Essentials Guide in over a decade—the Essentials of the English Language Curriculum, Fifth Edition.

We’ve listened and applied extensive feedback from our tutors and parents to create this new edition, which preserves the familiar structure of Essentials with a more approachable design.

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