Just for fun, I’ve been re-reading Charlotte Mason’s book, Home Education, this weekend.
One of the things that’s really stood out to me this time through is how clear Charlotte Mason was about true education not being found in a method/system of education, or a particular curriculum, but that it was actually more of a collection of general educational principles to use in a child’s everyday life. Especially for younger children.
It’s been my observation over the years that so many of the current day homeschoolers who use Charlotte Mason’s name to describe what they’re doing are putting together a curriculum or advocating a method/system, apparently without realizing Mason was very strong in her condemnation of turning educational principles into something set in stone. She saw a system of education as something dead–something akin to beating a nail with a hammer.
”Though a system is highly useful as an instrument of education, a ‘system of education’ is mischievous, as producing only mechanical action instead of the vital growth and movement of a living being.” – Charlotte Mason
To Charlotte Mason, education, TRUE education, was a living, experience-oriented process that functioned best within the loving confines of the child’s home, family, and day-to-day life. Education should be fresh. Lively. Full of zest and joy.
And yes, before anyone calls me on it, I’m as guilty of calling Charlotte Mason’s educational ideas, philosophies, and principles “a method” as the next person. LOL!
More later. Much more, actually. Stay tuned. 🙂
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NOTE: People often ask about our family’s homeschooling journey, so I pooled together some of my responses from several online interviews which you can now read here: Interview with Debi
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