A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte M. MasonCM pens this novel after having years of experience and being in the trenches under her belt which give her adequate experience to base her philosophy on. She was definitely a rarity of her time. I found it interesting how some of the things she was saying about education then could be likened to what some are saying now about the current education system.
I marked and underlined so much of this book, but as I was thumbing through after I finished, this particular quote stood out to me: “There is but on sphere in which the word idea never occurs, in which the conception of an idea is curiously absent, and that sphere is education!”
As educators, may we go forth and encourage our students (some of which are our own children) to think for themselves, have their own ideas, and allow their imaginations to run wild.
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The following article appeared in Process Studies , pp. College Ave. Used by permission. The author shows that Brumbaugh deals with what is one of the central difficulties of modern pedigogy, what Whitehead calls the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, where abstractions or excerpted aspects of the fuller deeper occasions are treated as actual. With his criticism of current commonsense ideas of space and time and the influence of seventeenth-century physics on twentieth-century metaphysics, Whitehead pointed the way toward a new realistic theory of education. In Science and the Modern World, Whitehead offered a brief sketch of his project for revising American educational theory and practice, but he never completed the projected work and left its applications to later scholars. In his book on Whitehead, Process Philosophy, and Education, Robert Brumbaugh takes up the Whiteheadian challenge and in so doing sees himself working "in the tradition of Platonic metaphysics that includes the new emphasis on the concrete introduced by process thought" WPP 2.