This week highlights from my new favorite book on education Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott
"The mystery of education is thus closely linked to the mystery of vocation, that is, the mystery of that ‘name’ by which the Father called and predestined us in Christ even before the world’s foundation."
"It may at least serve as a helpful transition to the next chapter, which is largely concerned with homeschooling, since much of what follows could be easily applied within the home, where the institutional restraints are much reduced."
The above quote is why I love homeschooling. So often those of us pursuing some sort of ideal of classical education get discouraged and feel we need a school to do well. This quote reminds us that no institution can compete with the beauty that is the home and all that takes place in it and how more closely tied to reality our homes are than any school.
‘Christian education should be wider, not narrower, than that of a secular school.’
This is also related to a passage I found in the Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me from Milton's Areopagitica
"Milton puts it most profoundly when he says, 'Well knows he who uses to consider, that our faith and knowledge thrives by exercise, as well as our limbs and complexion. Truth is compared in Scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in a perpetual progression, they sicken into a muddy pool of conformity and tradition. A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the Assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.'"