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Classical Conversations Podcast

Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.
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Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.

Oct 9, 2019

Join host Lisa Bailey and guests Jennifer Courtney and Kelli Wilt as they consider the habit of Expressing.  You’ll be encouraged to see expressing as worship, to celebrate expressing as communication of joy in learning, and to be brave in expressing your own thoughts about what you are learning.  The testimony of these experienced moms will hearten you as you ponder all the ways children express their learning in their own time.

Oct 8, 2019

In the latest installment in “The Tools” series, join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Kelli Wilt as they discuss the habit of Memorizing. Everyday Educators will be encouraged to practice this tool with our littles without stressing out!  The beauty of this habit is found in enjoying the time spent memorizing alongside our children, building a shared body of knowledge that we can take out and discuss at will in our families—and in our communities!  In fact, one of the best things about memorizing is that it can draw us together.  Your podcast buddies will think about laying a foundation for later thinking, allowing children to choose their mode of memorizing, and creating a “library of the mind” as they share a conversation about the habit of memorizing.

Sep 24, 2019

In this final episode of our series, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Jennifer Courtney discuss the last parts of Chapter 8 and the Epilogue. They discuss how a classical, Christian education depends upon divine assistance for understanding and how it leads us to the person of Truth with a capital T. Together, they celebrate a deeper understanding of students as image-bearers and the truth that all of us will be changed through classical, Christian paideia—students and parents!

Sep 24, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Kelli Wilt, and Lisa Bailey as they continue to discuss the value of Core Habits for our families.  Today they will delve into the beauty of the habit of Attending! Learn how to cultivate this natural habit with your children of all ages, attending with joy to the world God has created and celebrating both God’s goodness and our relationships.

Sep 17, 2019

In this episode, join Lisa Bailey, Kelli Wilt and Jennifer Courtney as they discuss the core habit of naming. They will define naming and discuss how naming is a tool of learning for everyone from preschoolers to parents. Learn how naming allows us to communicate more and more complex ideas and truths to others so that we can truly be a community of learners. Get practical tips for how to foster this core habit at home. Learn how naming encourages conversations that allow us to wrestle with big ideas. 

Sep 5, 2019

Join Lisa Bailey and Marc Hays as they discuss analogies, curriculum development, frog dissection, and epic sonnets. Marc is the author of the new resource, Analogies For All of Us, which is being used in the Reasoning Strand of Challenge A this semester.

Aug 21, 2019

 Join thinkers and readers Jennifer Courtney....as they continue to discuss David Hick's Norms and Nobility, Chapter 8 Part 3. In section IV, they wrestle with the modern outcome of "values free education", one that Hicks declares to be both false and dangerous.  Follow our lively bunch as they ponder the beauty and necessity of teaching responsibility along with information.

Aug 13, 2019

Have you ever pondered the benefits of Foundations and Essentials, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious?  Join Foundations parent Marc Hays, parent and Director Jaime Hays, and former student/current Challenge Director Stephanie Meter as they discuss what makes these programs winners in the short AND long run!!

Aug 6, 2019

Are classical education and Christian education opposed to one another? Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley as they explore how Christianity actually fulfills the classical quest to unite knowledge and responsibility. They visit the age-old question “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Listen in as they compare Greek tragedy and sin. Learn how Christianity allowed optimism about education.

Jul 30, 2019

In Chapter 8, David Hicks looks at “The Promise of Christian Paideia.” In this chapter, his discussion of classical education shifts from the ancient Greeks to the era of Christian education. In this episode, our panelists consider sections 1 and 2 in which Hicks outlines the problems of classical pagan education and looks at how Christ provides the answer to those problems.

Jul 23, 2019

Why does anyone in a democracy need a classical education anyway? In this episode, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Jennifer Courtney finish up their discussion of Chapter 7. They consider four objectives of a classical education in a democracy and apply those ideas to our efforts to reclaim classical, Christian home education.

Jul 16, 2019

In this episode, our panelists ask some really important questions about classical education. Is classical education elitist or is it for everyone? Is classical education a good form of education for a modern, technologically advanced society? Is classical education a good form of education for democracy? Listen in as they explore these questions and be inspired to give your children a royal education with plenty of truth, goodness, and beauty as they seek to become more like Christ.

Jul 9, 2019

In this episode, Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley finish their discussion of Chapter 6. Join them as they think about how to educate both the heart and head of our children. Listen in as they consider how to resist modern notions of education. Be inspired to think about education as preparation for life instead of a strictly practical, utilitarian endeavor to prepare young adults for increasingly complex jobs.

Jun 26, 2019

In this episode, we move away from the aims of classical education to the method of classical education. Panelists Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Marc Hays explore questions like “What is dialectic?” “What is the relationship between dialectic and conscience?” and “What can we learn from Socratic dialogue?”

Jun 18, 2019

This podcast covers chapter 5, section 5 to the end of the chapter. In this episode, Lisa, Jennifer, and Marc ask and attempt to answer the questions: “Why did modern educators walk away from the classical education tradition?” and “What were the consequences of that decision?” They conclude by thinking about how we can teach science in a classical, normative way.

May 28, 2019

Join your Norms and Nobility fellow-readers as they discuss the question of why the ancients seemed to mistrust scientific inquiry. We'll explore the idea that the ancients were wary of giving the "answers" science provided too much power; instead, they wanted ideology to first provide the unifying vision for discoveries and technology, so that students might be saved from "chaos" and moved to just courses of action.

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May 22, 2019

Join your Norms & Nobility friends as they discuss part 3 of chapter 5! The crew explores the idea that mathematics bridges the gap between ancients' focus on the ideal types and the moderns' focus on the utility of harnessing nature for man's own ends. The ancients found that math could explain the immanent forms of matter (the "perfect forms" undergirding reality), and that helped them make peace with their observations of the "irrational" concrete universe.

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May 17, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, Daniel Shirley, and Lisa Bailey as they discuss the results of modern science's emphasis on things that can be empirically measured in the material world while discounting and ignoring the immaterial world.

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May 14, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney and Lisa Bailey as they discuss the reasons for starting the valuable practice of reading aloud to your children.
Also, get a brief glimpse of Old World Echoes, a hand-picked collection old classic tales of awe and wonder from around the world.

Perfect for Cycle 2 read aloud time!

Click here to purchase at the Classical Conversations Bookstore.

May 7, 2019

Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley as they explore Chapter 5 of Norms and Nobility. It’s all about science. In this episode, our panelists discuss the differences between how ancient, classical thinkers approach science and how modern thinkers approach science. Along the way, they examine questions like “What about technology?” and “Does the study of science help my students think more about the Ideal Type?

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Apr 30, 2019

In this episode Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Daniel Shirley wrap up Chapter 4 of Norms and Nobility with a discussion about the efficiency in education.

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Apr 23, 2019

In this episode Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley discuss and define the "tyrannizing image" encountering questions like, "What is the use of poetry?" "How do we teach without boring our students?"

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Apr 16, 2019

In this episode Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley discuss the final section of Norms and Nobility Chapter 3. They discuss questions like, "How can we learn without encountering what we don't know?" and "What does friendship between parents as teachers and their children as students look like?

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Apr 8, 2019

Daniel Shirley and Marc Hays continue the conversation about Norms and Nobility delving into the question, "How do we keep healthy tension between having all the answers and being curious about the world around us?

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Apr 3, 2019

In this episode Daniel Shirley and Marc Hays discuss David Hicks’ Norms and Nobility Chapter 2 on the necessity of story and of messy friendship within classical Christian education.


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