I stumbled across this article today and thought some of you might find it helpful, as well. Here’s a small snippet:
The tremendous pleasure that comes from reading Shakespeare was spoiled for generations of high school students who were forced to go through Julius Caesar, Hamlet or Macbeth scene by scene, to look up all the new words and to study all the scholarly footnotes. As a result, they never really read the play. By the time they got to the end they had forgotten the beginning and lost sight of the whole. Instead of being forced to take this pedantic approach, they should have been encouraged to read the play in one sitting and discuss what they got out of that first quick reading. Then they would have been ready to study the play carefully, for they would have understood enough of it to be able to learn more.
–excerpted from How to Read a Hard Book by Mortimer J. Adler
To read the complete article, go to: http://www.classicalhomeschooling.com/html/third_issue_howtotread.html
(This reading list is simply my personal idea of twaddle-free reading — it isn’t the Twaddle-free Gospel.)
= books that are well-written and engaging–they absorb the reader–the narrative and characters “come alive”; living books are the opposite of cold, dry textbooks.
Twaddle = dumbed down literature; absence of meaning
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
“Living books” are basically the opposite of dull, dry textbooks. The people, places and events come alive as you read a living book. The stories touch your mind and heart. They are timeless.
Finding living books for studies in government, American history, and general literature is relatively easy. But finding living Science books has been more of a challenge for many modern day Charlotte Mason educators. Continue reading