Monday Oct 02, 2023

Unveiling a Vision for Education - Leigh Bortins and Alex Newman, Part 1

"Education, which is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the other, is the natural and proper jurisdiction of family government and not of civil government." — Leigh Bortins

Yvette Hampton engages in a dynamic conversation with Alex Newman and Leigh Bortins about the Declaration of Educational Independence. Discover their powerful arguments against government involvement in education, the biblical basis for family-led education, and the urgent need to redefine our educational system. Join us as we explore the principles that can guide us towards true educational freedom. This series is a critical primer for those interested in the school choice movement.

Come back Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of this important conversation.

Unveiling a Vision for Education - Leigh Bortins and Alex Newman, Part 1

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel. 

Leigh Bortins is the founder and chief visionary officer of Classical Conversations Inc., an organization that models the home-centered learning approach to empower learners of all ages. She trains facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods and is thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life. Check out Leigh's books here.

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Alex Newman is an award-winning international journalist, educator, author, speaker, investor, and consultant who seeks to glorify God in everything he does. 

In addition to serving as president of Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc, he has written for a wide array of publications in the United States and abroad. He currently serves as a contributor to the Epoch Times, a correspondent for the Law Enforcement Intelligence Brief, foreign correspondent and senior editor for The New American magazine, a writer for WND (World Net Daily), an education writer for FreedomProject Media, a columnist for the Illinois Family Institute, and much more. Check out Alex's books here.

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Discussion Questions For the Series:

    1. How does the concept of education as a family responsibility differ from the prevalent view that it is the government's responsibility?
    2. What are the main arguments made by the speakers against government involvement in education? Do you agree or disagree with these arguments?
    3. In what ways do you think the current education system is failing? Can you provide any personal experiences or examples to support your answer?
    4. What are the potential implications of government funding and control of alternative education options, such as homeschooling?
    5. How do you interpret the biblical and patriotic references made by the speakers in relation to education? Do you believe there is a strong connection between faith and education?
    6. The Declaration of Educational Independence emphasizes the importance of defining principles and goals for education. Do you think this is necessary? Why or why not?
    7. What role do you believe parents should play in their children's education? Do you think they are the most qualified individuals to teach their own children?
    8. How do you think education should be separated from civil government? What steps do you think need to be taken to achieve this separation?
    9. The Declaration of Educational Independence calls for a return to family-led education. How do you think this would impact society as a whole? What benefits or challenges do you foresee?

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More information on School Choice:

School Choice: Unmasking the Euphemism (blog post)

What About “School Choice” (blog post)

Rescuing Our Children: An Urgent Call to Take Back Education (blog post)


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