The Big Sister: Authority and Docility, Reading Charlotte Mason

We’re doing a sort of ramschackle, cobbled together class on child development and educational philosophy. I’m creating it as I go along, so, I can’t tell you everything we’re doing. To begin, however, we’re doing a ‘principles’ study of Charlotte Mason’s foundational principles. This part is both for future parenting (and aunting and uncle-ing), but also as a useful tool for bringing the youngest two teens on board with the WHYS of what we are doing.

I’m using a series of studies found on AO’s forums. Today, we’re reading from volume 6 of Miss Mason’s series, and we read over the following:

This deputed authority appears to be lodged in everyone, ready for occasion….. Every king and commander, every mother, elder sister, school prefect, every foreman of works and captain of games, finds that within himself which secures faithful obedience, not for the sake of his merits but because authority is proper to his office. 

Guess what popped out to my listeners?  Of course, that might be because I paused, grinned maliciously and read it all over again slowly and with emphasis.  My son, the maknae of the family, is all, “Mom! Don’t encourage her!  It’s not like she needed any more ammunition!”

Jun Pyo and Noona boys over flowers

Who says Miss Mason doesn’t have a sense of humour?

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