Karen Glass, -advisory member of Ambleside Online-, surprised us with her soon to be published books,
A divulged Vol. 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education, (abridged or paraphrased rendition of Charlotte Mason’s influential book),
In her Consider This, – don’t you admire the title?-, she gives shape to many lingering and not so articulated ideas many of us familiar with Charlotte Mason, or Classical Education, or both, may have scattered in our minds. Reading it after her abridged vol. 6, has been a boost to my thinking, and it has humbled and encouraged me tremendously in this path of not only educating, but of living.
I believe this book will be a blessing and such an invaluable reference to others as it has been to me. I cannot wait to see it printed. It is an injection of vitality, a living book in all its power, a book to read and remind ourselves the whys of our whats and hows.
The book is unique in its kind. To my knowledge, there is no other book that delivers all Charlotte Mason principles and method in few words but in completeness, a book that explains what Classical Education was and is, and that unveils the classical nucleus of a Charlotte Mason education. She looks carefully at the sources that Charlotte Mason learned about and built upon, and quotes with a sharp eye from those original sources. Her conclusions and thoughts all come together and prove themselves through the thread of the book’s discourse.
I highlighted many different sections of the book, and I cannot wait to have a paper copy to be able to write on the margins, highlight, and make it more mine. But to quote abundantly, -or just to quote- would be, to me, and in this case, similar to dismembering the book and revealing some of her ideas in a second hand way that would surely dishonor it. I rather have you, reader, once the book is published, -sometime in August, according to Karen-, be the one to read it and experience it first hand. For this once, I want to keep the mystery and lovely surprise of reading it without any quote or clue, just you and Karen, and her uplifting proposal, “Consider This”.
Thanks for writing these books, Karen.