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    Norms and Nobility: The End

    July 21, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    Okay, so I just read the Epilogue of Norms and Nobility, making me officially done with book 2 of 3 for the summer study! I’m totally excited. If I was done painting the bunk beds, the world would be almost perfect. (Unfortunately, bunk beds take time…more than I ever, ever anticipated.)

    Book three is…drum roll, please…School Education by Charlotte Mason! Hooray! (Of course, I already told you that a month ago, but I’m jazzed again, so please bear with me.)

    I don’t have a ton to say about the Epilogue because it was very epilogue-y.

    You know. It summarized itself.

    And so on.

    So I will leave off with a handful of final quotes, and then we’ll dig into the next book.

    In education, this preoccupation with false or trivial questions makes the student adept at “faking it,” that is, at finding the right answers to the wrong questions, questions he has never really asked himself, questions without normative consequence or implication.


    Aristotle…wanted education to teach the young how to use their leisure for reaching the full stature of their humanity and how to realize their greatest happiness in the life of virtue.

    Doesn’t this sound like Charlotte Mason?

    The average student has been given no mythology on which to build his or her life other than a glut of movies and television dramas and no ideal models other than a cult of rock and sports idols. He has failed to develop the habits of mind necessary for further learning: concentration, inquisitiveness, intuition, memory, logical process, and industry…


    “Education,” wrote John Ruskin, “does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.”

    And finally:

    True learning is normative: it measures what is against what ought to be. It asks why, as well as why not.

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  • Reply GretchenJoanna July 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

    What a great summer you are having! You should indeed feel satisfied with your progress. I love the gleanings.

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