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History is the pivot on which our curriculum turns

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A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“Next in order to religious knowledge, history is the pivot upon which our curriculum turns. History is the rich pasture of the mind – which increases upon the knowledge of men and and events and, more than all, upon the sense of nationhood, the proper corrective of the intolerable individualism of modern education . . .

Hence, the great value of the Old Testament, – history and poetry, the law and the prophets; and perhaps no one was more sensible of this educative value of the Scriptures than Goethe, though he was little sensible of their more spiritual worth. We endeavor to bring records contemporary with the Bible before children, using the contents of certain Rooms of the British Museum as a basis. Episodes of Greek and Roman history come in, partly for their historical, partly for their distinctly ethical value.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 6, p. 273-274)

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