"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of–– 'Those first-born affinities, That fit our new existence to existing things.'"
Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth
Another wonderful field trip we took this week was to the Gardner Museum. Back in the late 19th and early the 20th century, Isabella Stewart Gardner used her wealth to collect art. She then build the museum to house her impressive collection and show it to the world. She had to expand the building once in her lifetime. The gorgeous new wing, a contemporary building built beside the original and now the official entrance, just opened about a month ago.
Upon her death she left an endowment for the museum with the stipulation that the art be left as she placed
All children up to age 18 are always free. Typically adult admission is $15, but visiting with my mother and aunt we again made use of a library pass that allowed up to 4 adults to be admitted for $5 each. The museum is well worth it.
The boys did really enjoy the art and wondering through the many rooms. Everyone was impress with the beautiful courtyard mosaic and garden at the center of it all. We may go again with our history co-op as we are studying the late middle ages/early renaissance and the museum has an abundance of pieces from this period.
The museum was the target of a highly publicized and yet unsolved theft in 1990 when 13 pieces were stolen including two by Rembrandt. The empty frames remain on the wall keeping vigil in hopes of their contents' return.
"Unless a man’s will has a purpose and it is a good one, education will do nothing for him except to fortify his own egotism."
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves."
Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio
"The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense."
G. K. Chesterton
"The present collapse of this country began when education was regarded as a substitute for culture, or rather when instruction was regarded as a substitute for education, or rather when getting facts by teaching was regarded as a substitute for getting truth by tradition."
G. K. Chesterton
"Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of Examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to describe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads."
G. K. Chesterton
All this propaganda for literacy of one sort or another comes from people who believe that everyone should share their particular views of what the most important knowledge is and what conclusions should be drawn from it; in other words, they want others to be indoctrinated."
Henry H. Bauer Scientific Literacy and the Myth of the Scientific Method
"Upon the knowledge of these great matters--history, literature, nature, science, art--the mind feeds and grows...and the person becomes what is called magnanimous--that is a person of great mind, wide interests, incapable of occupying himself much about petty, personal matters."
Edith Stein, a.k.a. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
"It was the monks’ dedication to learning as the path on which to encounter the Incarnate Word of God that was to lay the foundation of our Western culture and civilization."