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Charlotte Mason Moment Difference reading cramming
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A Charlotte Mason Moment: 

“There is much difference between intelligent reading, which the pupil should do in silence, and a mere parrot-like cramming up of contents; and it is not a bad test of education to be able to give the points of a description, the sequence of a series of incidents, the links in a chain of argument, correctly, after a single careful reading. This is a power which a barrister, a publisher, a scholar, labours [sic] to acquire; and it is a power which children can acquire with great ease, and once acquired, the gulf is bridged which divides the reading from the non-reading community.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 3, p. 180).

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