|Vilma Reading a Book by T.F. Simon, 1912|
I started thinking more about this after writing this post . The Mothers' Education Course (M.E.C.) was also known as the P.N.E.U. Reading Course (For Mothers and Girls over 18). It continued for about 23 years, from 1891 to 1915, ending with the crisis of WWI. Participants were expected to read 120 pages a week for 10 months with examinations twice a year. The price was membership in the P.N.E.U. and postage.
The pamphlet states that the course offers:
1. Help towards such teaching as should confirm children in the Christian Religion.
2. Some knowledge of the principles of Education and the methods based on those principles.
3. Knowledge necessary for the care and development of children in sickness and health, together with some help in matters of Home-Craft.
4. Some knowledge of Nature lore and Elementary Science.Here is the examination sheet which shows the 4 areas of study included in the course: Divinity, Physiology and Health, Mental & Moral Science and Education, Nature Lore and the Elements of Science. Note the Scale of Marks across the bottom!
|Image used by permission from the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada|
The materials used in the course were those worthy of a college course for sure. I will share some of those in a later post. I am thankful that Ms. Mason looked at women as persons - spiritual, emotional, and intellectual image bearers. I hope to pass this whole-person identity on to my own children through what we do day-in and day-out.
With affection and regard,
You might enjoy reading the first in this series - Comprehensive Questions? (Mothers' Education Course Part I)