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Awakening the Soul through a Generous Education

A liberal education awakens the soul of a child. Liberal means a full and generous curriculum. After a thirty-year experiment, educationalist Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) said, “I believe the ardour for knowledge in the children of this mining village is a phenomenon that indicates new possibilities… To find that the children of a mining population were equally responsive [as were children of educated parents] seemed to open a new hope for the world. It may be that the souls of all children are waiting for the call of knowledge to awaken them to delightful living.” (A Philosophy of Education, p. xxv)

In England during Mason’s lifetime, coal miner’s children were considered unworthy of true education. They were typically given the minimum education to make them good future coal miners. But this was not the case in schools following Miss Mason’s program. There the motto was “a liberal education for all.” Children develop their own relationship with greatness.


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