Category Archives: Charlotte Mason

Timetables, Principles, and Brains

Charlotte Mason: brilliant educator in England around the turn of the last century, author of several books, creator of the Parent’s National Education Union promoting her ideas about education (living books, treat children with respect, narration, nature study, include music and pictures and poetry, etc, etc). She also started a teacher training school where she […]

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Folksongs IV

Previously   What if *we* do not like folksongs? In volume 2, page 17, Miss Mason explains that when we consult our tastes rather than our children’s needs, we are making unlawful use of our authority. As to whether or not they are a need, I will address this in more detail in a later […]

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Charlotte Mason on modern education

“I am jealous for the children; every modern educational movement tends to belittle them intellectually; and none more so than a late ingenious attempt to feed normal children with the pap-meat which may (?) be good for the mentally sick: but, “To all wildly popular things comes suddenly and inexorably death, without hope of resurrection.” If […]

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folksongs III

Previously: Part I– just dig in and start singing them.  How?  This post should help. Part II– some historical context to Mason’s use of folksongs. Now I’d like to share some ideas about why we would include singing, and specifically the singing of folk music, in our schooling.   While I was looking up one […]

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Folksongs, cont.

Previously I jumped in feet-first and just wrote a list of ideas and resources about *how* to do folksongs. Now I’ll back up and take what I wish were quicker than it is and what I know will be a not at all scholarly romp through a kind of a timeline of folksong in England, based […]

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