NOTE: This is part of a series that began with these earlier posts:
- Classical Conversations #1: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- Classical Conversations #2: What Led You to Join a Classical Conversations Homeschool Community? #ClassicalConvMadeKnown
- Classical Conversations #3: Leaders Delete Comments and Block Commenters Who Don’t Toe the Line
- Classical Conversations #4: A CC Veteran Gives Advice to New People Considering Classical Conversations
- Classical Conversations #5: Classical Conversations #5: Leaders Threaten to Use Legal Force to Silence a Concerned Parent
- Classical Conversations #6: Rigid Rules and Legal Tax Concerns
- Classical Conversations #7: Business or a Non-Profit; Cult or a Christian Homeschool Group?
Note from Julie Anne: I received an email from Evan who came across my previous articles on Classical Conversations. He shared the difficulties he has had with Classical Conversations and gave me permission to post it here. I’m no legal expert, but it certainly seems like there could be legal issues here.
Side note: I’ve been hearing rumblings of a rate increase for families in Classical Conversations in the past couple of weeks on social media. Evan confirmed to me that he received an e-mail from CC saying they (CC) are raising the price of the money that goes to Corporate (apparently, this is different from tuition money). This rate increase was also mentioned on the Classical Conversations Facebook page. It was ridiculous watching the higher ups trying to squelch the conversation. They grilled the person who posted the information, wanting to know where it came from, and saying that they shouldn’t have posted it, that a leader should have, etc.
Those who have read this blog know what I feel about people trying to squelch communication. It’s not healthy at all. Whenever you sense someone trying to silence you, be on guard. This is the behavior cult leaders and their minions use. ~ja
Evan Shares His Family’s Experience with Classical Conversations
I found your website while searching about CC. We are a family in CC currently and are dealing with a nightmare. My wife is a tutor and this is our first year. Everything looked great until the school year began. The director who was over all 5 of the tutors took all of the tuition (somewhere between $12,000 and $17,000), and never showed up for community group. She spent the money and ran.
This left the tutors to work with no pay (even after paying tuition for their own kids). They were forced with the choice to pull out and let the community crumble, or to continue to work for no pay. They all were gracious to work without pay.
Corporate CC has been asked to step in, and their response has been awful. We learned today that this situation has happened 10 times over the last 20 years. They basically said that we should consider ourselves blessed that they “forgave” the $85 payment that was supposed to come to corporate. We paid the $85 per kid to the director but it was never passed on to corporate. They also said that we shouldn’t really be upset because everyone is still getting what they signed up for (tutors and community). The only people out anything are the tutors (including my wife).
They informed us that because of their business structure, they are separate from the director and they are not liable for this issue. They do not intend to step in and help. They also said that the only times they step in to help is if there is a natural disaster that affects the group. Apparently we would be better off if a tornado came through and destroyed all our supplies.
I hope this can be a cautionary tale for those interested. Beware of CC. They have no interest in anything but their bottom line.