An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education: A Liberal Education for All


Charlotte M. Mason (Author)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029000

This book explains that the natural and only quite wholesome way of teaching is to let the child’s desire for knowledge operate in the schoolboy and guide the teacher. This means that without foregoing discipline, nor cutting ourselves off from tradition, we must continue experiments already being started in our elementary schools. These are based on the chastening fact that children learn best before we adults begin to teach them at all: and hence that however uncongenial the task may be, we must conform our teaching methods to those of Nature. The attempt has often been made before. But in this book there is a rare combination of intuitive insight and practical sagacity. The author refused to believe that the collapse of the desire for knowledge between seven and seventeen years of age is inevitable.

Table of Contents




Section I

Chapter 1. Self-Education

Chapter 2. Children are Born Persons

Chapter 3. The Good and Evil Nature of a Child

Chapter 4. Authority and Docility

Chapter 5. The Sacredness of Personality

Chapter 6. Three Instruments of Education

Chapter 7. How We Make Use of Mind

Chapter 8. The Way of the Will

Chapter 9. The Way of the Reason

Chapter 10. The Curriculum

Section II. Theory Applied

Chapter 11. A Liberal Education in Elementary Schools

Chapter 12. A Liberal Education in Secondary Schools

Chapter 13. The Scope of Continuation Schools

Chapter 14. The Basis of National Strength

Supplementary: Too Wide a Mesh


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