Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wednesdays with Words: Widely, but With Discernment

In Chapter 1 of Consider This, Karen Glass writes about Charlotte Mason and her development as a Educational Philosopher.

The reader might not think a chapter such as this would hold nuggets of philosophy to consider.  The reader would be wrong.

Glass shows from Mason's own writings how she was able to read widely, delve deeply, and synthesize holistically the educational philosophy of educators from Plato to her own time.  She shows the timelessness of Mason's ideas.

One idea, so intrinsic to a CM education, is wide reading,

She read and she read-- widely, but with discernment. (pg8)
What an estimable goal! I've been reading narrowly and without much discernment in the last year.  Shut down.

I've loved Mystie's Book Bag concept (since I keep a Book Bag, too) with her defined areas of reading.  I tend to float all over the place and devour a single area at a time (It's killing me to not read Brandy Vencel's Start Here or Laurie Bestvater's The Living Page while I'm reading Consider This), but I think the discipline of setting categories and reading carefully would be good for me.

Every other Thursday, starting tomorrow, I hope to start publishing my Book Bag post.  I am going to do a separate post because I don't want people to think they must do this for WWW.  If you are doing so already or would like to do so, please feel free to include it! I always like to see that kind of thing, it is just different, for me, as the hostess.


  1. Have you seen on the AO forum that they're doing a slow read through and discussion of Consider This over the next year?

    1. Hi Anna, I did see that, but think I want to read faster, more a chapter a week. I plan to follow the discussion.


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