Monday, April 6, 2009

"Thou hast set my feet in a very large room"

Tammy's response to one of my blog entries has inspired a new blog entry from me:

From the work of Charlotte Mason, "Our aim in Education is to give a Full Life. We begin to see what we want. Children make large demands upon us. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. 'Thou hast set my feet in a large room' should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking -- the strain would be too great -- but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest... The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?"

Reminds me that video games, computer, TV, all the fun electronics that can monopolize our time, can create for us a very small room in which to set our feet.

1 comment:

The Glasers said...

Don't you love her ideas????? They make me feel bigger than I am and help me see the big picture when the latest fad sweeps in my direction . . .

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