A couple of weekends ago we had some friends and their three children come spend the day with us in Atlanta. They recently moved back to the South after a stint in the Midwest for the husband’s residency and fellowship. I’m so thankful that we’re within driving distance of them again!
Anyways, we have not seen them in…oh…5 years I guess?!?! So, as you can imagine, there was a lot to catch up on! What a wonderful day!
In one of our discussions, we were talking about my vision for “Shepherd My Child” and the wife mentioned that my vision and education method sounded a lot like what Charlotte Mason endorsed. I had never heard of Charlotte Mason (a British educator who lived from 1842-1923), so I briefly did a little googling, and here’s a quote from her:
“This idea of all education springing from and resting upon our relation to Almighty God – we do not merely give a religious education because that would seem to imply the possibility of some other education, a secular education, for example. But we hold that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, that the Lord the Holy Spirit is the supreme educator of mankind, and that the culmination of all education (which may at the same time be reached by a little child) is that personal knowledge of and intimacy with God in which our being finds its fullest perfection.”
Wow! I certainly can say without a doubt I agree with that quote!
Here’s a little more information about Charlotte Mason from simplycharlottemason.com if you’re interested: