This year–2016–has been a full and busy one for me. During a several-month sojourn in the United States, I had the opportunity and privilege to speak many times, from groups ranging in size from 10 to 300. I had the chance to speak to teachers using Charlotte Mason’s methods in the classroom, and it was wonderful to hear their insight. In September, I conducted an all-day seminar in London called “A Large Room,” which ranged over Charlotte Mason’s wide and generous curriculum and method. Also, in my adopted country of Poland, I’ve teamed up with a family who are actively working to spread Mason’s pedagogy in this country, beginning with the establishment of a website (take a look–if you understand Polish).
The translation of Mind to Mind into Spanish has made steady progress, and we are hoping for a release date early in 2017. A translator has also been found who hopes to translate the work into Polish.
I have another big project I’ve been working on, and I hope to announce it officially before the end of year. In the mean time, now that I’m somewhat settled at home again, I look forward to sharing with you here via articles and blog posts. So many books! So little time…
Books by Karen Glass
Among both school and home educators, Charlotte Mason’s methods and Classical Education have long been considered two different things. In fact, they should not be. Charlotte Mason deliberately looked back to classical educators such as Plato, Plutarch, Comenius, and Milton for her inspiration. She drew her ideas from the past and presented them to her contemporaries in a form that was easy to understand and implement. She wasn’t just a marginal Victorian teacher—she was a modern thinker whose ideas about education have their source in the classical past. Because the postmodern world that we live in finds its beginnings in the world she lived in, her message is still pertinent and timely, and needed even more sorely than when she first wrote.
Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition takes a look at the most vital ideas that influenced the classical educators and shows how Charlotte Mason’s principles reflect the same ideas and values.
Mind to Mind
Knowledge…is passed, like the light of a torch, from mind to mind
If you are familiar with Charlotte Mason’s writings, you probably know that the title of her last, most mature book was An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education (shortened to A Philosophy of Education in modern reprints). With fear and trembling, I have ventured to shorten more than the title of this last volume in order to make it more accessible to modern readers.
If you have found reading Charlotte Mason’s original volumes a bit daunting, but still want to read her own words for yourself, this may be the book that you need.