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Embracing Educational Freedom – Alex Newman and Leigh Bortins, Part 3

“Returning to family-led education is crucial for regaining peace, prosperity, and liberty in the United States.” – Leigh Bortins

Calling all parents, educators, and concerned citizens! Tune in to the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast for an enlightening conversation on the Declaration of Educational Independence. Yvette Hampton invites Alex Newman and Leigh Bortins to share their insights on the urgent need for change in our education system. Uncover the biblical and constitutional principles underlying their call for family-led education, and learn how you can be part of this movement for educational freedom. Don’t miss this eye-opening episode that will challenge your perspective and ignite your passion for better education.


Embracing Educational Freedom - Alex Newman and Leigh Bortins, Part 3

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.

More from Leigh Bortins on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast

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.

More from Alex Newman on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast


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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Classical Conversations Scholarship Fund

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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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About the Author
Yvette Hampton - Host Yvette is a homeschool mom through and through, but it wasn't supposed to be this way. Like so many other homeschoolers, Yvette and her husband, Garritt, said they would NEVER homeschool their kids, but God had other plans. Yvette is the producer and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, being directed by her husband, Garritt Hampton. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation and the future of our country, Yvette has a deep passion to see a culture shift by encouraging people through the truth of God’s Word. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom! - - - - - - - - - - - - In the fall of 2016, she and her family sold their home and almost all of their possessions, loaded up in an RV, and began traveling the country to film Schoolhouse Rocked. They have a passion for the homeschool community and are humbled and honored that the Lord has called them to tell the stories of the millions of families who have been impacted by the homeschool revolution. - - - - - - - - - - - - Yvette and Garritt have been married since 1995. They have two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, who they have homeschooled since the very beginning. - - - - - - - - - - - - To see the Schoolhouse Rocked movie trailer and find out more visit - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aby Rinella - Cohost Aby Rinella is homeschool mom to 3, writer, speaker and director of her local homeschool support group. She writes and speaks to encourage and inspire women to live the life they were designed to live, to train up their children in God’s Word and to stand on truth in a culture that has lost its foundation. Aby and her husband, Jesse, love the outdoors and speak and write on the benefits of pointing children to their Creator by spending time in His creation. Aby is a featured speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. - - - - - - - - - - - - Read more from Aby at - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garritt Hampton - Producer Garritt is a entertainment industry veteran who got his start in the record industry before moving into film. His credits include some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including Interstellar, Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and many more. He is passionate about using his talents to build up the family and glorify God.