What is the purpose of education?
"Thought breeds thought;
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
"“The task before us in setting in
order the house of our national education is a delicate one. We must guard those assets of character which the education of the past affords us, and recover, if we may, the passionate love of knowledge for its own sake which brought about an earlier Renaissance”
~ Charlotte Mason
(Formation of Character, pp. 381-382).
“The question is not—how much does the youth know when he has finished his education--but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”
~ Charlotte Mason
(School Education, pp. 170-171)
"Let it be our negative purpose to discourage in every way we can the educational faddist, that is, the person who accepts a one-sided notion in place of a universal idea as his educational guide. Our positive purpose is to present, in season and out of season, one such universal idea; that is, that education is the science of relations."
(School Education, p. 161)
"What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down.
In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange,
that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach
to other people what we do not know ourselves."
~ G. K. Chesterton.
from Plutarch's Moralia
from Plutarch's Moralia 1 P259.
Of What Purpose Are Books ?
"Children should have the joy
“If we are to read and grow thereby,
we must read *to know*,
that is, our reading must be study --
orderly, definite, purposeful”
Charlotte Mason (Formation of Character, p. 382)
"We ought to reverence books;
"Every age has its own outlook.
It is specially good at seeing certain truths
and specially liable to make certain mistakes.
We all, therefore, need the books that will
correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.
And that means the old books."
"There is no past so long as books shall live."
"Give children a wide range of subjects, with the end in view of establishing in each case some one or more of the relations I have indicated. Let them learn from first-hand sources of information--really good books, the best going, on the subject they are engaged upon. Let them get at the books themselves . . ."
A man should