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No educational work can rise above the thought and purpose behind it

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A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The future of education both in England and overseas is vague and depressing. We hear various urgent pleas––science should be the focus of education, we need to reform the way we teach foreign language or math, we should incorporate more crafts and nature study to train the eye and hand, students need to learn how to write English and must therefore be familiar with history and literature. And on the other hand, we’re being pressured to make education more vocational and utilitarian. But there’s no coherent principle, no real aim. There’s no philosophy of education. A stream can’t rise any higher than the lake it flows from. In the same way, no educational work can rise above the thought and purpose behind it. Maybe this is the reason for all the failures and disappointments of our educational system.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 3; Preface to the ‘Home Education’ Series)

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