Charlotte Mason’s First Principles—Children are Persons

Maryellen St. Cyr June 28, 2015

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015


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.”


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Maryellen St. Cyr
A professional educator for more than 30 years, Maryellen has become one of the foremost educators in the educational philosophy of British educator, Charlotte Mason. During more than a decade of research, Maryellen studied Mason’s work, analyzed educational theory, and earned an MA in curriculum studies. She founded Ambleside School and Ambleside Schools International in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Ambleside community has grown to sixteen Ambleside Schools, various other schools, and homeschools with whom ASI works to provide instruction and encouragement in Mason’s philosophy in a 21st century setting.  

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