Wednesday, September 7, 2016

From My Commonplace: Learning By Root

" 'Because what you memorize by heart, you take to heart,' replied Dr Nuttham simply. 'It shouldn't be called by 'rote' but by 'root', for you get at the source of text, its foundation. Once you really absorb of the text, its foundation.  Once you really absorb the words, the words become your own.  Then, and only then, can you mull them over your tongue, appreciating them as you would good wine, enjoying them as the company of a good friend.  Besides,' he added, 'we always value something for which we've had to labor."  (p.225)
~Carolyn Weber, Surprised by Oxford
"...remembering is the most profoundly significant thing we do in education...Remembrance includes memorizing, but it is ever-so-much more.  It is the difference between 'lightening and the lightening bug,' as Samuel Clemens used to say.  If we understand the difference between memorizing and remembrance, then it will help us choose what to memorize.  Remembrance is culture.  It is all that has come before that makes us the kind of people we are.  To not remember is to commit cultural suicide...." (p. 126)
~Cindy Rollins, Mere Motherhood

My Bookbag This Week:
Devotional: 1 Thessalonians with the Paul for Everyone Commentary (NT Wright)
The Daily Office Lectionary Readings and Prayers from The Trinity Mission
 Theological: The Supper of the Lamb (Capon)
AO Book Discussion Group: Kim (Kipling)
On Education: (Between Books)
Personal Choice: (Between Books)
Poetry: TS Eliot
With my Hubby: Emma (Austen)
Family Read-Aloud Literature: Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
*I am also reading Charlotte Mason's Volume 6 for a local CM book club, but these meetings are infrequent, and it is my third – or fourth? – pass through it and so I just read the brief section assigned as our meetings come up. 
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  1. Oh, those parallel so beautifully!

    More reason to get Surprised by Oxford. Thanks?

    1. Yes. Thanks. You will thank me. I promise. :D