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Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the…

Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition (2014)

by Karen Glass

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Consider Thisis ostensibly a book about homeschooling using Charlotte Mason's teaching theory and the classical curriculum, but it's reach is really much greater than that small niche. It is a book about learning: how we learn and what motivates us to do so. There is also a very good section on understanding just what an education is and is meant to be. Particularly important is the focus given to Mason's belief in synthetic learning over analytical learning, and why the loss of emphasis on synthetic learning in modern education has been so devastating. Also, in spite of the book's first line, the book's first chapter is completely dedicated to discussing who Charlotte Mason was and why she's important, but then again a quick internet search will get you the same information. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the classical learning philosophy, Charlotte Mason, or education in general. ( )
  inge87 | Jun 26, 2016 |
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Jonathan Glass
Elizabeth Glass
Katherine Glass
Clarissa Glass
the children I deeded to teach,
and so they became
the reason I needed to learn.
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I shall not spend a great deal of tie introducing Charlotte Mason to my readers, as I suppose, as a matter of course, that only those readers already at least somewhat familiar with her would pick up such a book as this.
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The educators of ancient Greece and Rome gave the world a vision of what education should be. The medieval and Renaissance teachers valued their insights and lofty goals. Christian educators such as Augustine, Erasmus, Milton, and Comenius drew from the teaching of Plato, Aristotle, and Quintilian those truths which they found universal and potent. Charlotte Mason developed her own philosophy of education from the riches of the past, not accidentally but purposefully. She and the other founding members of the Parents' National Educational Union in England were inspired by the classical educators of history and set out to achieve their vision in modern education. They succeeded. Thanks to Charlotte Mason's clear development of methods to realize the classical ideals, we can partake of the classical tradition as well.--amazon.com.… (more)

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