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Refining Rhetoric with Robert Bortins

Refining Rhetoric with CEO Robert Bortins. A podcast where faith, business, politics, and classical education meet. Join us as we use the Classical tools of rhetoric to seek truth in every arena of life.

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BONUS EPISODE - 10 Reasons To Opt Out Of Public School
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
07:33 6/14/24
How To Be A Christian In The Digital Space
Discover the intersection of classical education and cutting-edge technology. Join Robert as he talks with Lex Avellino, a Classical Conversations graduate, about his journey from homeschooling to creating 3D virtual worlds for Disney and Warner Brothers. Lex shares how his classical education fueled his passion for learning and innovation in digital design.   https://www.threedivision.com/cc   https://www.passage.io/   https://x.com/lexavellino   At Classical Conversations®, we believe that parents can provide quality education for their children. Grow as the Lead Learner in your homeschool at classicalconversations.com/cohort.
42:28 6/12/24
BONUS EPISODE - How To Keep Children Motivated
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
08:47 6/7/24
Reflections on the Past 100 Episodes
Celebrate with us as we hit a major milestone! Join Robert Bortins in the 100th episode of “Refining Rhetoric”! This special episode highlights ten impactful moments from our journey, offering inspiration and insights on faith, business, politics, and classical education. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey!   Learn more about Classical Conversations at the Museum of the Bible. Go to: http://museumofthebible.org/classical-conversations-at-museum-of-the-bible.    
34:37 6/5/24
BONUS EPISODE - Why You Don't Have To Know It All
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
07:02 5/31/24
Louisiana and the Ten Commandments, Education Crisis, Future of Iran
Should the Ten Commandments be displayed in schools? Robert Bortins tackles three pressing headlines in today’s episode: the growing crisis of confidence in higher education amid widespread student protests, the geopolitical impact of the sudden death of Iran’s president, and the controversial bill in Louisiana requiring schools to display the Ten Commandments. Will also closes out the episode with a Classical Crypto segment.   The crisis of confidence in higher education will not end with the student protests  Iran’s President Raisi is dead. What does the leadership void mean for the country and the world? BREAKING: Louisiana Senate has passed a bill 30-8 that requires the display of the Ten Commandments at all schools that receive public funding, including colleges and universities. More information about Great Wolf Lodge and Exclusive CC Discount Code found in the CC Connected Learning Center > Member Benefits and Additional Resources Document. https://www.greatwolf.com/
25:09 5/29/24
BONUS EPISODE: Dispelling Homeschool Myths
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
07:47 5/24/24
Dr. Steve Turley's Take on Constructive Resistance
Have the major news outlets become obsolete? Robert interviews Dr. Steve Turley, founder of “Turley Talks.” Known as the Patriot Professor, Dr. Turley discusses the rise of a new conservative age and the importance of creating a parallel economy to support freedoms. They explore challenges in mainstream media, the network society, and the need for alternative structures to live authentically.   https://www.youtube.com/@DrSteveTurleyTV   https://turleytalks.com/   More information about Great Wolf Lodge and Exclusive CC Discount Code found in the CC Connected Learning Center > Member Benefits and Additional Resources Document. https://www.greatwolf.com/
42:26 5/22/24
But What About Socialization?
Are homeschoolers properly socialized? In this episode of Refining Rhetoric, host Robert Bortins examines the latest homeschooling news, including Michigan’s proposed registry and Alaska’s ruling on school choice dollars. Chris and Robert also discuss Waco hosting their largest homeschool prom ever, and whether homeschool kids are as anti-social as some make them out to be. A must-listen for insights on education, faith, and freedom, and Will closes the episode out with some crypto updates.   Michigan Homeschool Registry Article   Alaska School Choice Article   Waco's Largest Prom Article   Do you wish to become a better everyday educator? Visit https://ccpracticum.com/ to see when your local Practicum meets.   Crypto Videos: YouTube: 3T Warrior Academy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv6hwtgOQKQ   YouTube: CNBC Television – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se1bcqMYg8g
25:30 5/15/24
BONUS EPISODE - Roadschool - Homeschooling on the Go
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
07:26 5/10/24
Raising Gen Z with Jason Jimenez
How should Christian parents protect their children in a hostile culture? In this episode, Robert Bortins hosts Jason Jimenez, founder of Stand Strong Ministries, to discuss parenting Gen Z in a challenging culture and the rise of Progressive Christianity. Jimenez shares insights on proactive conversations with children and explains how Progressive Christianity redefines Jesus.   https://www.standstrongministries.org/   Do you wish to become a better everyday educator? Visit https://ccpracticum.com/ to see when your local Practicum meets.
42:39 5/8/24
BONUS EPISODE - Turning the Tides
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
10:15 5/3/24
The Case for Trump
How did bad media coverage of Donald Trump turn Robert from a “never Trumper” to a Trump supporter? Listen in as he and Chris navigate the case against the former U.S. President. Don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion on justice, media bias, and the future of American politics.   MSN Article Politico Article Vox Article CNN Article Sasha Stone Substack   Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.
31:26 5/1/24
BONUS EPISODE - Thoughts on Forest School
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
09:42 4/26/24
Learning to Love the Language of Math with Leigh Bortins
Discover the transformative journey of exploring math with Leigh Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations. From aerospace engineer to educator, Leigh shares insights into the innovative Math Map curriculum, fostering a love for math through language and curiosity. Join Robert and Leigh as they discuss the importance of finding God in math.   themathmap.com   Make April 26 a Family Day at theater! #UnsungHeroMovie opens everywhere beginning April 26. From the creators of Jesus Revolution comes Unsung Hero. Tickets on sale now. Visit https://tickets.unsunghero.movie/. 
32:26 4/24/24
“BONUS EPS Homeschool Special - The Richard Syrett Show”
In this bonus episode, Robert unpacks the latest homeschooling current events and more. Thanks for listening! For more information, check out https://sauga960am.ca/team/richard-syrett/.
10:08 4/19/24
Unlikely Allies
Is Richard Dawkins a Christian nationalist? Robert and Chris discuss the prominent atheist’s surprising identification as a “cultural Christian” and author J. K. Rowling’s clash with the “woke” left over Scottish hate laws. The hosts explore whether Christian principles benefit society at large and why it’s vital for Christians to engage in politics.   Richard Dawkins Article   J. K. Rowling Article   Learn more about Classical Conversations at the Museum of the Bible. Go to: http://museumofthebible.org/classical-conversations-at-museum-of-the-bible.  
20:06 4/17/24
Fostering Confidence and Resilience with Stoa
Discover how Stoa empowers students through classical education principles, fostering confidence and resilience. Join Robert Bortins in this episode of “Refining Rhetoric” as he explores the world of speech and debate with guests Angela Childress and Beth Nieva from Stoa, a National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate League. Learn about starting a club, participating in tournaments, and integrating speech and debate with classical education.   https://stoausa.org/   You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/.
34:28 4/10/24
FAFSA Track to Demise
Is the American college education system failing? In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” CEO Robert explores the pitfalls of government involvement in education funding, focusing on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Highlighting bureaucratic inefficiency and overreach, the discussion emphasizes the need for self-reliance, community building, and adherence to ethical principles rooted in faith.   CNBC Article   You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/.
23:02 4/3/24
Defining the Goal of Education with Frank Edelblut
Drawing on his own experience with homeschooling his seven children, New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut discusses his approach to home education and reforming the state’s education system. He advocates for individualized learning over traditional models, and his initiatives are to innovate and humanize education in his role as commissioner.   www.education.nh.gov   Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at http://copperlodgelibrary.com/.    
34:29 3/27/24
The Real SOTU
In this “Refining Rhetoric” episode, host Robert Bortins evaluates President Biden’s performance on issues like the economy, climate, and more, using Politico’s report card. Will discusses cryptocurrency trends, particularly Bitcoin, offering his insights and criticisms.   Politico's Report Card   Gender Transition Lawsuit   Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at https://copperlodgelibrary.com/
31:14 3/20/24
You Don't Have A Right To Education
In this “Refining Rhetoric” episode, Robert Bortins and guest Lynne Taylor discuss the misconceptions around education as a basic human right and the dangers of school choice. Taylor critiques the Common Core standards and emphasizes the importance of individualized education over government-controlled standardization.   Lynne’s Website: https://www.commoncorediva.com/   Join other homeschool parents in your area at a 2024 Practicum event! https://ccpracticum.com/
33:02 3/13/24
Is Bitcoin Replacing the Housing Market?
In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” CEO Robert Bortins explores the intricate world of Bitcoin, emphasizing its relevance amidst rising inflation and the depreciating value of fiat currencies. Whether you're new to cryptocurrency or seeking to expand your understanding, this episode offers valuable insights into Bitcoin’s role as digital gold and its potential as a hedge against inflation.   Refining Rhetoric YouTube   Benjamin Cowen YouTube   DAN YouTube     CC parents, Tutors, and Directors––are you looking to level up your skills in guiding and assessing your student’s learning at home or in community? Join this spring semester’s Classical Learning Cohort! https://classicalconversations.com/cohort/
41:55 3/6/24
How to Think More Logically with Kathy Gibbens
In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” CEO Robert Bortins interviews Kathy Gibbens, a dedicated homeschool mom, business owner, and host of the “Filter It through a Brain Cell” podcast. They dive deep into the realms of critical thinking, logical fallacies, and the importance of discerning truth in an era dominated by relativism and emotional appeals. Join them as they explore how classical education tools can empower individuals to seek truth and make informed decisions in all areas of life.   http://kathygibbens.com/   Filter It Through a Brain Cell Podcast   Blessings and Motherhood   Everyday Educator  
39:45 2/28/24
He Gets Us: Hurtful or Helpful?
In this episode of Refining Rhetoric, Robert Bortins and Chris Blackburn discuss the “He Gets Us” campaign, exploring whether it accurately represents Jesus’s teachings and its impact on society’s view of faith. They delve into the challenges of depicting religious figures in modern media and what that means for viewers. Listen in for a compelling talk on how faith is portrayed today and its effects on cultural discussions.   He Gets Us MSN Article   The Copper Lodge Library series from Classical Conversations® preserves history’s best stories for future generations. View the collection on ClassicalConversationsBooks.com.
24:39 2/21/24
Homeschooling in an RV
What if you sold your house and homeschooled in an RV? In this “Refining Rhetoric” episode, host Robert Bortins chats with Adam Powers, a veteran turned homeschooling dad living in an RV with his family. He offers advice to dads on getting involved in their children's education and discusses the benefits and challenges of their unique lifestyle.    The Copper Lodge Library series from Classical Conversations® preserves history’s best stories for future generations. View the collection on ClassicalConversationsBooks.com.
31:03 2/14/24
Why Education Affects Foreign Policy
In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” Robert Bortins and Chris Blackburn explore the consequences of U.S. payments to Iran, linking them to Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, rising oil prices, and inflation. Through a classical education perspective, they discuss the importance of informed citizenship and community engagement in tackling these issues. The episode concludes with a Classical Crypto segment.   You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/   CNBC Article   The Hill Article   Reuters Article
24:12 2/7/24
How to be more Organized, Confident, and Influential | Applying the Classical Tools to Business
Do you want to know to be more organized, confident, and influential? In this “Refining Rhetoric” episode, Robert Bortins hosts Mark Ramsay of Hip Socket, discussing the fusion of classical education with modern business strategies. The conversation also touches on the importance of early work experiences for students and previews Mark’s upcoming book, “The Lost Tools of Business,” highlighting the relevance of classical education in contemporary business practices.   HipSocket.net   Classical Conversations® Relationships: Exclusive Discounts for CC Members!
31:41 1/31/24
Single and Afraid
In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” Robert focuses on the United States’ declining birth rates and its societal implications. The discussion centers on the need to revive traditional family values and Christian principles to counteract this trend. Additionally, for Classical Crypto, Will touches on the SEC’s approval of Bitcoin ETFs and its potential impact on finance.     You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/     "Opinion: Why I'm not going to have children" | CNN    
19:53 1/24/24
Unsilenced Voices: Safeguarding Free Expression with Jane Cook
In this episode of “Refining Rhetoric,” host Robert Bortins is joined by historian and author Jane Hampton Cook. They discuss the importance of original source documents in understanding the Founding Fathers, the role of integrity in leadership, and the challenges of modern media and freedom of speech.   CC parents, tutors, and Directors—sign up for the Classical Learning Cohort to level up your skills in guiding and assessing your student’s learning at home and in community! Register today at ClassicalConversations.com/cohort.   War of Lies: When George Washington Was the Target and Propaganda Was the Crime | Amazon   JaneCook.com   founders.archives.gov   Jane's Substack
37:40 1/17/24