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S1E18: Q&A No. 2, On Classical Education with Cindy and Karen

“Sound principles that are old may easily be laid on the shelf and forgotten, unless in each successive generation a few industrious people can be found who will take the trouble to draw them forth from the storehouse.”

Thomas Godolphin Rooper

Show Summary:

  • Today’s guest is Karen Glass, author and member of the AmblesideOnline Advisory
  • Why do people think that Charlotte Mason and Classical education are different things?
  • What is the basis for “neo-classical” pedagogy?
  • Do we know what Charlotte Mason herself thought of classical education?
  • Is there a particular version of historical classical education that spoke to Charlotte Mason?
  • Is there a difference between classical education and liberal education?
  • How do you determine if Charlotte Mason and classical education are compatible?
  • What is the most classical thing about Charlotte Mason’s philosophy?
  • Does it matter whether we link Charlotte Mason to classical education? Why?

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Books Mentioned:

Consider This by Karen Glass

Norms and Nobility by David Hicks

Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason

The Basis of National Education by Charlotte Mason

Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason

School Education by Charlotte Mason

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  • Andrea Vaughan

    Thank you for sharing this! Such good thoughts here. How do children made in the image of God learn? And then the thought that always makes me tear up: Children are born persons, and so are their mamas.❤

  • Kate Bell

    This was a very interesting conversation and left me wanting more information about why it was stated many times that the current ‘classical education’ we see today is not truly classical. Could you dive deeper into this or point me to a podcast where you have discussed this point more thoroughly? I am a classical Conversations director in Colorado and simply interested in learning more…

  • Tara Hroch

    Thanks for this conversation! I have a question similar to Kate’s – could you give examples of what you would consider poor classical curriculums or programs that totally miss the mark? My children are in a Christian classical program and it seems to mix traditional classical, neo-classical, and CM.

    Speaking of neo-classical, what are the downsides of the ages/stages divide?

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