Monday, January 2, 2012

Education is....Part Two

Part Two in a series on our Philsophy of Education.

Education is a discipline...
"By “discipline,” Charlotte emphasized the importance of training our children in good habits—habits that will serve them well as they grow. In fact, she likened good habits to railroad tracks that parents lay down and upon which the child may travel with ease into his adult life. Good habits are a powerful influence on our children and must play an important part in their education. “It rests with [the parent] to consider well the tracks over which the child should travel with profit and pleasure” (Vol. 1, p.109)."

This next area refers to intentionally disciplining our children and training them in Christian character. Just like building a positive atmosphere, I contend that this is the responsibility of all parents, regardless of what method of education is used. But once again, I appreciate Charlotte's
recognition that this development of good character habits is an important part of the overall education of a child. It reminds me that it is, more than that...VITAL to set aside the to-do list to address important discipline and character issues. All of the facts and knowledge in the world mean little if my children have not developed responsibility, self-control, love for God, and love for other.

Part Three Coming Up: Education is a Life

Quotations taken from Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life, a free e-book available from Simply Charlotte Mason.

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