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Charlotte Mason’s First Principles—Children are Persons

Central to an authentic Christian philosophy of education is the conviction that “children are persons” who, though corrupted by original sin, remain bearers of the Imago Dei. Few classical Christian teachers would question this. Yet, too many fail to fully recognize the practical consequences of such a belief. If children are persons, it changes our practice. Maryellen St. Cyr educator and founder of Ambleside Schools International, explores Charlotte Mason’s first principle, “Children are Persons.”