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An education which ignores the things of the spirit

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A Charlotte Mason Moment:

[Editor’s note: This was written in 1924, 15 years before the outbreak of World War II]

“Germany has pursued a different ideal. Her efforts, too, have been great, unified by the idea of utility; and, if we will only remember the lesson, the war [World War I] has shown us how futile is an education which affords no moral or intellectual uplift, no motive higher than the learner’s peculiar advantage and that of the State. Germany became morally bankrupt (for a season only, let us hope) not solely because of the war but as the result of an education which ignored the things of the spirit or gave these a nominal place and a poor rendering in a utilitarian syllabus.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 6, p.123)

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