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We had our final PMEU meeting of the school year, despite severe thunderstorms. I spoke on the high school years for those wishing to implement or continue on with the living methods of Charlotte Mason. We talked about progress and our culture's obsession with doing, doing, doing for grades or admissions or whatever. Busyness is the enemy of a Mason education. Time, and lots of it, is key. It's a "slow living" sort of concept. Mason draws an appropriate word picture for us -
Is there not some confusion of ideas about this fetish of progress? Do we not confound progress with movement, action, assuming that where these are there is necessarily advance? Whereas much of our activity is like the waves of the sea, going always and arriving never. What we desire is the still progress of growth that comes of root striking downwards and fruit urging upwards. And this progress in character and conduct is not attained through conditions of environment or influence but only through the growth of ideas, received with conscious intellectual effort. Mason, Vol. 6, p. 297
For those who follow this education paradigm, the seeds are sown and the fruit appears after many years. It's about being diligent, consistent and patient for us, the teachers.
From joy to joy,
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