Month: December 2013

Misspeaking–A Symptom of a Greater Problem? by Carroll Smith

 Happy New Year 2014 from The Charlotte Mason Institute In recent weeks there were a number of “misspeaks” in the news and social media.  One was a TV personality who spoke his opinion about a certain subject, another was a rather quick response of the bosses, another used inappropriate language on Twitter and there were others. It is easy to see people in our polemical society lining up to take sides.  On one hand I can understand the “bosses” wanting to control their image to the public and on the other hand my Western and North American sense of individual freedom is insulted, let alone my sense of religious freedom.  People frequently text and tweet, not realising the language they are using can be offensive.  My question is, though, how did this happen?  Is it just a ‘think before you speak’ problem, what Mason refers to as a ‘conduct’ problem?  Yes, it is a ‘think before you speak’ problem, but I suggest that it goes deeper than that.  Mason (1954) suggested at the beginning of …

New Beginnings in India by Tara Schorr

Greetings from Hyderabad!  My family arrived in India in mid-October and we have been enjoying the people, culture and life here.  We spent time getting to know natives and contacts both in our home town and from the areas we have been visiting even from before our trip, and plan on continuing to take more frequent and longer trips in the coming years.  Our hearts have been so deeply touched by the beautiful people here, and will now forever belong to this land! While here, we were able to step in for a couple that runs a “tuitions” business, which is what they call tutoring centers.  They are taking in the children of beggars, off the streets, to give them an education.  They currently have three girls they are working with, and are planning on opening a full school in the future.  In no time, these girls became like our own family and have given and taught us more than we could ever return. I would like to tell you a little about one of …

Golden Nuggets and the Grand Conversation by Dr. Jennifer Spencer

This blog was originally posted by Dr. Spencer for the Willow Tree Community School. I have written before about how all of the pictures that we post here can be a bit misleading. Of course, we do stay busy with activities that keep our hands and bodies working, and we do spend a great deal of time outside compared with other schools. A picture can capture all of those things very well. What it cannot capture is the inner-working of the mind. Anyone who has looked at our book list knows that we read. Copiously. Widely. And the books we read are challenging. We cover a lot of ground in a term, but the word “cover” can also be misleading. That word could imply that there is simply a list of “stuff” that the students have to read and do–answer a question here, write a paragraph there–and that is the end of it until we finish (and forget?) that list of “stuff” and start the next one.  This is what many people think of when they hear the …