Chris Perrin of Classical Academic Press posted this video on Facebook. I watched it this morning after having a long talk with my son who works full-time at Amazon, runs his own business with employees and goes to college full-time. Last night his Amazon boss pulled him aside to discuss his future and the conversation sounded a lot like this video. In fact, the things the he heard reminded me of why Amazon is such a successful company.
A few key points stand out in this video. Number one is that he nails it when he says that the reason students can't write is because they cannot think. A Charlotte Mason education is the antidote to both of these problems.
The other key words that struck me were: grit (which is related to habit and creativity), failure, and his conclusion on Play, Passion and Purpose.
If you have been following my posts on educating sons you will want to hear this talk. If you want to know where to begin in providing this type of education then I suggest reading Charlotte Mason's Towards a Philosophy of Education.
There were two more articles that hit a Charlotte Mason note with me. The first was on writing by Linda Fay. She explains how her daughter grew up to be an author without a composition course. This comforted me because I had written something similar last week and had a flurry of hits from The Well-Trained Mind forum. When I backtracked the conversation I was reminded why the Well-Trained Mind board is the road to madness.
Finally, my friend, Linda, gave me a head's up today on the article Beware the Expert. This may sound a bit oxymoronic but one of the reasons I keep blogging is because my heart often breaks for new homeschooling moms and the barrage of advice they get. I want to be a voice saying, "It's ok; you don't have to do it all and in fact, it is better if you don't." Sometimes I get positively livid at the things people tell moms just so they can sell a product.