FreedomFest 2021 Rapid City, SD


As an educational entrepreneur, it is difficult to find allies who believe in free market alternatives to government schools.  Even libertarian and conservative think tanks often offer educational policies that keep families dependent on government funding and institutions by offering innovative schemes under the guise of school choice.  I was so happy to find so many educational innovators that offer truly free market educational opportunities at FreedomFest.  I knew they were out there even if they don’t get keynote speaker opportunities or time on FoxNews.  Thanks freedom educators for persevering! And thank you FreedomFest for including their voices on panels and promotional events.

I Wasn’t a Christian When I Started Homeschooling.

How our Community Grew


When we began homeschooling our sons in 1984, neither my husband nor I were Christians, but we valued academics and loved the idea of raising life-long learners. Thanks to the intense love I received from other homeschooling moms early in our journey, I gave my life to Christ when our oldest sons were preschoolers and did my best to grow in Christ right alongside my children. From the start, it was clear that a firm foundation in Christ and the accountability of a supportive community were essential to our success – not only as homeschoolers, but also as a family.

Choosing Your Child’s Education

A conversation with Leigh Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations

BY BARBARA DANZA October 13, 2020 Updated: October 13, 2020

One of the many unexpected consequences of the events of this year has been the heightened awareness of the issue of educational choice. Leigh Bortins, a homeschooling expert and founder of the curriculum company Classical Conversations, has been encouraging parents for years to take the reins when it comes to their children’s education and consider the options available. I spoke to her recently about those options.

Answering the Call to Homeschool

Homeschooling advice from Leigh A. Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations

BY BARBARA DANZA  August 31, 2020 Updated: August 31, 2020

As many parents trepidatiously dip their toes in the homeschooling waters this year, veteran homeschoolers are watching and cheering, knowing that so many children are about to experience newfound freedom in their education and life.

While homeschooling may be a new concept to some, it’s become a learning style, and indeed a lifestyle, enjoyed by many for decades.

Classical Educations can be ‘Core’ for All

One Smart Mama’s Core Teaching

BY Jennifer A. Marshall SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Updated: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

These days women get more bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees than men do, and yet, many women don’t feel up to the task of educating their own children.

Never mind that we live in a country where women are brain surgeons, CEOs and presidential candidates. Schooling is best left to professional educators, moms have been told, so pack the kids onto the school bus and leave the rest to the real experts.