“Reverence for science, reverence for God, and openness of mind, befits us for life as a probation and a continual education.”
~Charlotte Mason, School Education, “A Master Thought“
Science results in delight and often debate for Mason educators. When current scientific insights flesh out Mason’s ideas from a hundred years ago, we marvel. Yet, a number of questions always hover near.
What books, what methods, what perspectives are best to teach science to elementary and secondary students? Can Mason’s philosophy of science teaching prepare students to exist in our STEM-centered world? Most of all, and more generally, how can Christian educators help their students wonder at their Creator through both their studies of science and Scripture in a world where the two are often pitted against one another?
To help us explore these questions, we’re delighted to announce Dr. James Peterson, Professor of Christian Ethics at Roanoke College and renowned geneticist, as the keynote speaker at our 2020 conference. Dr. Peterson’s series of plenaries will inspire, inform, and invite deeper thinking and understanding of the profound interplay of science and faith which is our theme for “On Science and Faith: Celebrating God’s Words and Works.”
Through Dr. Peterson’s talks and the other sessions centered around this theme we aim to:
- Celebrate faithful Christian scientists past and present
- Consider the limits of science
- Encourage confidence in the Bible as the inspired word of God, trustworthy and true
- Practically equip educators to offer their students a Mason science education
In addition to plenaries and workshops revolving around science and faith, the conference will continue to offer a host of other workshops, practice sessions, and fireside chats. We’re planning a series of breakout tracks for those new to Mason’s philosophy, for those educating students with special education needs, for those teaching in Charlotte Mason-inspired schools, and for your teens. You’ll have options which touch on everything from Mason’s core philosophy and methods to nature study, handicrafts, and high school.
Are you eager to learn more about how Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods for science education remain applicable in today’s K-12 education? Are you seeking refreshment for your classroom or home? Are you convicted that Christian education can be and offer more than it does? Are you searching for new relationships with like-minded educators?
The Charlotte Mason Institute is dedicated to offering conferences that connect thoughtful ideas with thoughtful educators. We’d love to welcome you, your friends, your teens, and your colleagues to our conference this year.