{Day Six} 31 Days of Charlotte Mason: Children are Born Persons

The mystery of a person is indeed divine, and the extraordinary fascination of history lies in the fact that this divine mystery continually surprises us in unexpected places. -Charlotte Mason

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I am always inspired by the profound respect Charlotte Mason had for children. Her educational philosophies were formed from the outworking of her Christian faith. Every child's life has supreme significance as man is created in the image of God.

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I believe that the first article of a valid educational creed - "children are born persons" - is of a revolutionary character, for what is a revolution but a complete reversal of attitude?
-Charlotte Mason

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If we ask ourselves, What is the most inalienable and sacred right of a person qua person? I suppose the answer is, liberty. Children are persons; ergo, children must have liberty.

-Charlotte Mason

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This is how we find children -- with intelligence more acute, logic more keen, observing powers more alert, moral sensibilities more quick, love and faith and hope more abounding; in fact, in all points as we are, only more so; but absolutely ignorant of the world and its belongings, of us and our ways, and, above all, of how to control and direct and manifest the infinite possibilities with which they are born.
-Charlotte Mason

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We hold that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, that the Lord the Holy Spirit is the supreme educator of mankind, and that the culmination of all education (which may, at the same time, be reached by a little child) is that personal knowledge of and intimacy with God in which our being finds its fullest perfection.
-Charlotte Mason

Many blessings from our home to yours!

This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Charlotte Mason. You can find all of the daily posts linked on the introductory page. I hope you will continue to join us for this journey through the month of October!

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