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You ARE Qualified to Teach Your Child

My greatest fascination with Charlotte Mason writings is her ability to ooze truths throughout her books. You always come away feeling either inspired by some new truth or having an old truth reaffirmed by her thoughts.

I have always felt that education naturally falls into the stewardship of parents. From their earliest infancy we are charged with teaching our children, how to eat, sleep, talk, interact and love. But for some reason society at large has continued to take that stewardship away from the parents earlier and earlier. Experts tell us what we DO NOT know about our children. They tell us what is really best for them, and how when and what they should be taught. How eager some of us are to get them to a school-able age and then to send them off to be taught by others thinking nothing of what is being taught or why- so long as we do not have charge of it.

When in reality the responsibility of overseeing that education is soley the responsibility of the parent. There are many ways to facilitate that education...but the ultimate responsibility lies with the parent.

It is great to see  mothers taking back their stewardship by joining the ranks of homeschooling and many many more realizing that schools are not ultimately responsible to educate their children and taking the necessary steps at home to supplement and support their child's education in proactive ways. 

"It is a great thing to be a parent: there is no  promotion, no dignity, to compare with it. … But then entrusted with  such a charge, they are not free to say, “I may do as I will with mine  own.” The children are, in truth, to be regarded less as personal  property than as public trusts, put into the hands of parents that they  may make the very most of them for the good of society. And this  responsibility is not equally divided between the parents: it is upon  the mothers of the present that the future of the world depends, in even  a greater degree than upon the fathers, because it is the mothers who  have the sole direction of the children’s early, most impressible years.  That is why we hear so frequently of great men who have had good  mothers - that is, mothers who brought up their children themselves, and  did not make over the gravest duty to indifferent persons.“The mother is qualified,” says Pestalozzi, “and qualified by the  Creator Himself, to become the principal agent in the development of her  child; … and what is demanded of her is - a thinking love … God has  given to thy child all the faculties of our nature, but the grand point  remains undecided - how shall this heart, this head, these hands, be  employed? A question the answer to which involves the futurity of  happiness or misery to a life so dear to thee. Maternal love is the  first agent in education.”We are waking up to our duties, and in proportion as mothers become  more highly educated and efficient, they will doubtless feel the more  strongly that the education of their children … is an undertaking hardly  to be entrusted to any hands but their own. And they will take it up as  their profession - that is, with the diligence, regularity, and  punctuality which men bestow upon their professional labors.That the mother may know what she is about, may come thoroughly  furnished to her work, she should have something more than a hearsay  acquaintance with the theory of education, and with those conditions of  the child’s nature upon which such theory rests." 
Home  Education by Charlotte Mason, pages 1 - 3

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Corine said...

I whole heartedly agree. We do qualify... even when we feel inadequate! We all need that reminder now and then, thanks. :) - A Homeschooling Mother

i said...

amen! i've enjoyed my visit here. :) i saw your link on tvldshs.

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