This — What’s Love Got to Do with It? Cultivating Your Child’s Affinities — is the name of the first talk I gave at the Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference this past weekend. It’s also the talk I wanted to give this year. It’s seems that once per year, I find there is something on my heart that I want to say — out loud. It isn’t that my other talks aren’t as dear to my heart — they are (and actually my third talk was the talk from 2014 — I had given it once before) — but this one has a special place because it’s the one I really marinated in, studied for, and thought about for a very long time.
This is what I sent to the conference directors when I first proposed the talk:
Charlotte Mason said that at the end of a child’s education, it doesn’t matter how much a youth knows but rather how much he cares and how many orders of things he cares about. This was a revolutionary idea for her time, yet completely in line with the Christian classical tradition. In this session, we will discuss the development of affinities, why they are central to a true education, and what we can do to help order our students’ affections.
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Yes, that’s right. 🙂 I’m putting this talk — and my plan is to eventually put all three talks, though the other two are more complicated — into the store.
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