Online Study Center for Family Learning
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What's the Conversatio?


The Conversatio is an online discussion group for homeschooling families, or adults who are interested in continuing their own study. Our goal is to build an online community of learning. We desire to turn ideas around together and examine them, getting various perspectives on them…depending on the Spirit of Christ working through each of us! The Latin noun, conversatio, comes from the verb: “convertere” which is put together from the verb that means “to turn” and the prefix con (from cum). So it literally means the act of turning around together! Obviously, from the noun conversatio we have our English word “conversation.”


During the Middle Ages the term conversatio was used by the Benedictine monks to refer to a lifestyle of obedience and learning. We host a monthly discussion (a Conversatio) of the Great Books, along with "Great Ideas" discussions on other relevant issues. These conversationes are led by experienced and knowledgeable readers--usually by one of our tutors.


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A Little History:


Back in the 1990s a group of home schooling families found each other online and banded together to support each other with an email loop called “Classed.” They all loved the Charlotte Mason philosophy and books such as For the Children's Sake, yet they were also drawn to the brand new classical education movement. Over the years they read and discussed all of the books they could find on this subject! Some of them began to do in-depth study on subjects such as logic and Latin. Eventually, because of their passion for these subjects, they were enlisted to teach in schools and other groups. Beth Harvey began teaching Latin online after teaching Latin and History in classical schools. Tina Maclennan was fascinated with Logic and began teaching Traditional Logic to groups online. Grace Kosloski is passionate about poetry and literature, and has been spreading that love for years! And Chris Finnegan had been teaching philosophy and music for another well known online study center. So they all banded together and formed an association of tutors online called “The Harvey Center.” 


As an association of tutors, the Harvey Center offers some online courses to support homeschooling families in the teaching of their children, but they do not consider this their primary purpose. They are on a mission to grow together and help other parents break free from the stress of checking off courses for the sake of a transcript and a diploma.


Somewhere along the way in their educational journey, they realized that the most important aspect of learning was a cultivation of the mind and heart in humility before God.  They didn't worry too much about transcripts and what the colleges wanted; they realized that the most important elements in raising children was to model a lifetime of learning for them.  This requires a radical break with the current trends in education, and a return to a simpler, holistic focus on developing the heart, mind and soul of the child for the glory of God. (Matthew 22:37)


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