Blog Post Round-Up

Dear Reader,

Here once again is some of what I have been reading:

Target Bathrooms and the Straight Conservative Preacher’s Wife” from — The best thing I’ve read on the controversial topic, though I’m not sure I agree with her 100%.

The Habits Pendulum” from Sage Parnassus — More on habit-training, the topic for my local CM group this week. I loved this bit:

While Mason does mention choosing a bad habit to work on, I don’t see her picking a character trait or habit and turning it into a unit study by defining it, reading books to point the moral and talking about it ad nauseum.” 

Why I Write Scary Stories for Children” by N.D. Wilson at — Wilson is a favorite author. I don’t think what he ahs to say is new (CM said is a century ago) but it is worth saying today as many have forgotten the value of fairy tales and creepy tales in the lives of children.

A Stanford Dean on Adult Skills Every 18-Year-Old Should Have” on — Honestly, as a homeschooler, I am not worried about any of these. My oldest will be 16 this summer and I’m not saying we are there yet on all of them but I can see that we are getting there.

I love posts that make me think about an issue in a new way, and “Why Typical Preschool Crafts are a Waste of Time” by Melissa Dahl at did just that. I don’t say this often but I agreed completely with the author. I just wish I’d thought about it when my kids were younger!

And finally, a long article but a must-read: “Reconsidering Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition” by Art Middlekauff at Middlekauff reviews, and dissents with, Karen Glass’s recent book placing Charlotte within the classical tradition. Though I haven’t read nearly so widely as he has, I am quite convinced by his arguments. They seem right to me. I think he quite legitimately asks why we shuld ven want to say that CM is classical. I suspect a lot of the reason comes from the pressure we as homeschoolers feel from our classical friends. We feel called upon to defend what appears to be a less rigorous approach to academics. But rather than seeking to defend ourselves, Middlekauff gives us confidence to say that we don’t need to be classical, that there is no inherent value in such a designation. He also shows how CM’s approach  is something much better — biblical.

Happy Reading!



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