Thursday, January 21, 2010

Exciting news from Leigh!

I have exciting news! If you were listening to my radio show yesterday (click here to listen to the archive), I talked about my newest book, The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of a Classical Education, which will be released this June by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Here's how Palgrave describes the book:

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• Reading the great books and seminal historical documents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'm looking forward to talking about some of the same topics on my Southeast tour next week. I hope you can share a little of my excitement about the book's arrival, and I hope you'll help us spread the word!!

The book will be available in several large chain bookstores, or you can pre-order it on Amazon.

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