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Habit Training Part 2: The Practice of Habit Training

Freedom is gained only through discipline. Discipline is regular, continual effort to enact self-governance in some way. Discipline comes in many shapes and sizes, from budgeting to exercise to reading. In each of these examples, one applies oneself to self-govern in order to enjoy a future freedom. We budget in order to enjoy financial freedom. …

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Narration and the Classical Principle of Self-Education

In my last article, I submitted Charlotte Mason’s practice of narration for consideration as another lost tool of learning. My main contention in its favor followed Charlotte Mason’s claim that narration is a natural gift of children as persons made in the image of our storytelling God. For those coming late to the party, narration …

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“Every Capacity for Good”: Advice from Charlotte Mason for Planning A New School Year

“If a human being were a machine . . . the work of the educator would be simply to adopt a good working system or set of systems. But the educator has to deal with a self-acting, self-developing being, and his business is to guide, and assist in, the production of the latent good in …

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“An Out-of-Door Life for the Children”: Six Ideas from Charlotte Mason

The beginning of springtime, when the fleeting beauty of the outdoors sometimes overshadows the perpetual urgency of lessons, is a good time to be reading Charlotte Mason, who insisted that time spent outside is integral to the child’s formation and education. Here are some of her ideas for creating an “out-of-door life for the children,” …

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6 Reasons Why Charlotte Mason Was Part of the Classical Tradition

My view of classical education is far more concerned with the real thing than with the word “classical.” So drawing from the very long Chrisitan classical tradition, I would include Charlotte Mason in that tradition every bit as much as any body else because she: 1. Was a metaphysical realist (which post Dewey progressives are …

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