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Books for the 5th Annual Charlotte Mason Education Conference

It’s time to start thinking about the ChildLightUSA 5th Annual Charlotte Mason Education Conference:

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

(Information is available on the website, )


People are naturally divided into those who read and think and those who do not read or think….” C.M.


CLUSA conference goers have developed a custom of doing some preconference reading and sharing in a book discussion or two at the conference.  This year we have selected 

1. “Leaf by Niggle,” by J.R.R. Tolkein.  A beautiful short story that elicits imagination, examines beauty, and is a metaphor. Here’s a review from the Tolkein Library. It is good for teachers and students. (You will probably find it in an anthology.)


2. Alfie Kohn’s essay, What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?


3The Christian Imagination, edited by Leland Ryken, revised and expanded

It contains essays by Schaeffer, Annie Dillard, George MacDonald, Lewis, Luci Shaw, Gene Edward Veith, Flannery O’Connor, T.S. Eliot, Peter Leithart, G.K. Chesterton (Did you know that he married the secretary of the P.N.E.U.?), Wendell Berry, Brian Godawa, Madeleine L’Engle, Tolkein, and others…..


We invite you to read one, or all of these offerings before arriving in Boiling Springs. Come prepared for rare, good conversation! Thanks to all who submitted suggestions. 


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Carroll Smith has spoken on various topics related to Charlotte Mason. Currently he teaches at Gardner-Webb University and enjoys working with children, teachers, college students, and Charlotte Mason Institute. He was a teacher and a principal for 21 years before coming to Gardner-Webb University where he has been for six years. Having grown up in eastern North Carolina, he attended East Carolina University for his undergraduate degree and his master's in school administration. He completed his terminal degree and wrote his dissertation on Charlotte Mason at Virginia Tech. Carroll enjoys reading, gardening, and discussing ideas with friends. He and his wife, Andra, and their two young adult college-age children, Corban and Anna, enjoy living, working and playing in North Carolina.

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