What can we learn from the experience of Charlotte Mason, a British Christian educator, and the ‘liberal education for all’ movement at the beginning of the 20th century? In all the unrest and turmoil of our world around race and class warfare, perhaps a re-awakening to the magic touch of knowledge is exactly what we need as a society. Take a trip down memory lane into the methods of Charlotte Mason and renew your appreciation for a classical awakening to knowledge, including some practical tools for how Charlotte Mason’s educational union got there. Mason’s classical tools of learning include the practice of narration; inspirational Nature Studies, Artist Studies and Composer Studies; and coaching students in the development of good habits.
Jason Barney serves as the Principal of Coram Deo Academy in Carmel, IN. In 2012 he was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Hillsdale College. He completed his MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, where he received The Tenney Award in New Testament Studies. Before coming to CDA Jason Barney served as the Academic Dean at Clapham School, a classical Christian school in Wheaton, IL. In addition to his administrative responsibilities in vision, philosophy and faculty training, Jason has taught courses in Latin, Humanities, and Senior Thesis from 3rd-12th grades. He regularly speaks at events and conferences, including SCL, ACCS and the CiRCE Institute. He recently published The Joy of Learning: Finding Flow Through Classical Education, and A Classical Guide to Narration is forthcoming with the CiRCE Institute. Jason blogs regularly on ancient wisdom for the modern era at www.educationalrenaissance.com.