(Note: This collection is already available to Alveary Members for FREE in the Oct Curated Parents’ Review Special Issue)
As early as 1897, the Parents’ Review, the journal which Miss Mason edited, published accounts of the PNEU conferences which many of its staff, authors, and readers attended and created. Entire lectures given at these conferences, along with the lively discussions about them, found their way into the pages of the journal. Other times, brief notes from a talk appeared. Impressions of the conference from attendees or past students were also featured. While these records of the PNEU conferences house a wealth of information, encouragement, and insight on a wide variety of topics, perhaps some of the most valuable are the lectures which Miss Mason herself contributed. Due to the fact that health or other occupations frequently made her physical presence impossible, Miss Mason’s papers were often read at the conferences—by Mrs. Glover or another friend. While conference attendees at the time surely felt the lack of her presence, it is hard not to be thankful in the present day since the original manuscripts from her lectures were inserted into the Parents’ Review in their complete form unlike some speakers of whose talks the Parents’ Review is forced to say “there were insufficient notes.”
This collection is the beginning of a series of these lectures by Miss Mason. After hearing the first lecture below, Mrs. Percy Bigland declared it was “teeming with thoughts of fresh life and living ideas.” We hope 21st century readers of these lectures will come away similarly enriched.
–“School Books and How They Make for Education”
–“Education as the Science of Relations”
–“Education is a Life”