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S6E79: “A Bit of the World’s Work” with Anne White

Ourselves, our Souls and Bodies is much used in the P.U.S., as I know of no other attempt to present such a ground plan of human nature as should enable the young student to know where he is in his efforts to ‘be good’ as the children say. The point of view taken in this volume is, that all beautiful and noble possibilities are present in every one; but that each person is subject to assaults and hindrances in various ways of which he should be aware in order that he may watch and pray. Hortatory teaching is apt to bore both young people and their elders; but an ordered presentation of the possibilities and powers that lie in human nature and of the risks that attend these, can hardly fail to have an enlightening and stimulating effect.

Charlotte Mason, Towards a Philosophy of Education

Show Summary:

  • On the New Mason Jar today we welcome back Anne White, veteran homeschool mom, author, and member of the AmblesideOnline Advisory
  • How Anne first discovered Charlotte Mason
  • About Anne’s new book title and how she came to write this work
  • Is this book for homeschoolers?
  • How can we understand and apply “justice” in the way that Charlotte meant here?
  • Why children need time and space to think and let ideas work in them
  • What do you mean by the statement that “there is is only sacred, sanctified education, or desecrated education”?
  • How Anne tied the magic of narration into the ideas in this book

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Books and Links Mentioned:

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

A Bit of the World’s Work by Anne White

Offering Ourselves: A Lenten Journey with Charlotte Mason by Anne White

Honest, Simple Souls by Anne White

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason

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The worth of any calling depends upon its being of use; and no day need go by without giving us practice in usefulness. Each one is wanted for the special bit of work he is fit for; and, of each, it is true that– “Thou cam’st not to thy place by accident: It is the very place God meant for thee.”

Charlotte Mason, Ourselves, Bk. 1, pp. 209-210

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