Friday, September 25, 2015

Worth quoting again...

"Education is a life. That life is sustained on ideas. Ideas are of spiritual origin, and God has made us so that we get them chiefly as we convey them to one another, whether by word of mouth, written page, Scripture word, musical symphony; but we must sustain a child's inner life with ideas as we sustain his body with food." - From A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason

Thursday, August 20, 2015

From "A Philosophy of Education" by Charlotte Mason

"Mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated. For this reason we owe it to every child to put him in communication with great minds that he may get at great thoughts; with the minds, that is, of those who have left us great works; and the only vital method of education appears to be that children should read worthy books, many worthy books."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lessons in Reading

From School Education by Charlotte Mason:

1. Never waste time on valueless books.
2. Have respect for the books themselves.
3. Try to cultivate taste by noticing the best passages in any book that is being read.
4. Time is too short to read much; there is a necessity, therefore, for judicious selection.
5. The best literature can only be appreciated by those who have fitted themselves for it.
6. It is more important to read well than to read much.
7. The gain of reading some of the most beautiful literature while we are young is that we shall them have beautiful thoughts and images to carry with us through life.
8. To get at the full significance of a book it is necessary to dig for it.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Teenage Lesson in Economics

TJ (14) asks:

"Mom, can I go to the theater to see the Avengers movie next Friday with the guys?"


"Will you pay for my ticket?"


"What? What will you pay for?"

"Umm.... I pay the taxes that go to the library so they can purchase the Avengers when it comes out on DVD, I pay the gas to drive the car to the library so you can check it out, and I pay the electric bill so you can watch the DVD on a TV that works."

His face kind-of looked like this:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nuggets from School Education by Charlotte Mason

I'm only about halfway through, but these quotes are the best of the book thus far:

"The question is not, - how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education - but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?

And if this is true, then we should not "give him miserable little textbooks, mere compendiums of facts, which he is to learn off and say and produce at an examination,"

When the opposite is available: "And all the time we have books, books teeming with ideas fresh from the minds of thinkers upon every subject which we can wish to introduce children."

Therefore: "knowing, too, that an inspiring idea initiates a new habit of thought, and hence, a new habit of life; we perceive that the great work of education is to inspire children with vitalizing ideas as to every relation of life, every department of knowledge, every subject of thought; and to give deliberate care to the formation of those habits of the good life which are the outcome of vitalizing ideas. In this great work we seek and assuredly find the cooperation of the Divine Spirit, whom we recognize, in a sense rather new to modern though, as the supreme Educator of mankind in things that have been called secular, fully as much as in those that have been called sacred."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reading Charlotte Again

From School Education by Charlotte Mason:

"Our great failure [in education] seems to me to be caused by the fact that we do not form the habit of reading books that are worth while in children while they are at school and are under twelve years of age. The free use of books implies correct spelling and easy and vigorous composition without direct teaching of these subjects."