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Sara Osborne

Sara Osborne is an adjunct instructor at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, the sometimes-homeschooling mother of four classically educated children, and a frequent writer for The Classical Thistle. She is an active parent at School of the Ozarks, where she has also enjoyed leading conference workshops on classical education.

Sara Osborne Jun 7, 2022

 On a recent Sunday morning drive, my seven-year-old piped up from the backseat: “Mom, do you think I could get a pet monkey?” Smiling at my fourth child, and now somewhat unphased by these types of questions, I responded: “Why do you want to get a pet monkey?” Ready to fire off his answer, my son responded, “Because I really, really, really love monkeys. I think I might ask God to give me a monkey as a pet.” 
 

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Sara Osborne Nov 15, 2021

Into the Wild

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Sara Osborne Apr 20, 2021

The Dangerous Weapon of Illiteracy  

Reading is risky business. Throughout history, oppressors have wielded the weapon of illiteracy against those they sought to silence. Yet, like rays of sun breaking through dark thunderclouds, rogue freedom-seekers found ways to teach themselves to read, a skill that would change not only a few single lives, but the entire course of history.  

In his memoir, African American Frederick Douglass recalls the end of his brief childhood lessons in reading:

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