Charlotte Mason’s goal for school science was to instill a sense of wonder and awe in students and to provide them with the common information that allows for scientific literacy. This is a lofty goal, because, being scientifically literate means more than preparing a student for college entrance exams and possible university courses to follow, but also preparing them to be a citizen who can think about, discuss, and vote on the scientific issues of the day.
Many parents recognize these as important goals, but they do not know where to begin. After all, Miss. Mason’s approach to science education is not at all similar to what many experienced during their school days. During the High School Science Immersion class offered at the CMI Eastern Conference you will have the opportunity to experience Charlotte Mason’s science for yourself as well as learn:
Why our students must be allowed this portion of the feast, and why it is essential to follow Charlotte Mason’s method as we present it.
How to ensure your student covers the material necessary for graduation, college entrance exams, and possible university courses to follow, as well as how to record what they have accomplished on high school transcripts.
How to honor Mason’s principles while incorporating each of the practices she recommended with which to achieve these goals.
Why you must offer living books, how to choose the best ones, and how to deal with those that may have a different worldview than you have.
How to inspire your student to both awe and wonder for the wondrous world created for us.
Science is often the last holdout for those pursuing a Charlotte Mason education, but it shouldn’t be.
In addition, however, to its utilitarian value, in addition to its training in accurate thinking, every science subject has its romance, its poetry, its philosophy, and it is for the recognition of this that I wish to plead most strongly. We give to the humanities, to classics, literature, history, recognition of their intellectual and cultural possibilities, we value their training in accurate thinking, and the wider life they make possible. Why should we ignore the inspiration of science, neglect the mental training it offers, and reduce science to the equivalent of a collection of cookery book recipes? The world is too poor, and our lives too denuded, to allow the robbery to continue. Let us give to our children the greatness of their inheritance. Make every science subject the portal to a fuller and wider world. (Cultural Value of Science by D. Avery, The Parents’ Review, Volume 31, no. 9, September 1920, pgs. 651-664)
Let’s resolve to give our children their due.
The Charlotte Mason Institute conference will be held at Asbury University, Wilmore, KY on 14, 15, 16, 17 June 2017. You can find out more information by placing your cursor over the Events menu item and then selecting 2017 Eastern Conference.
You can read more of Nicole’s thoughts about Science as the Last Hold Out on her blog at SabbathMoodHomeschool.com.(http://sabbathmoodhomeschool.com/2013/10/science-the-last-hold-out/)