Citizenship -The Role of History Knowledge and the Necessity of Individual Thought

Charlotte Mason felt strongly about citizenship -strongly enough that she gave it a regular place in the curriculum. And while children did not formally study “Citizenship” by its name until Year Four, it was expected that children would begin to develop ideas of right and wrong, just and unjust and freedom and slavery through stories, history and myth in the years before it. Children would then begin their formal study of citizenship with Ms. Beesley’s Stories from the History of Rome or Rouse’s Stories of the Old Greeks, which were excellent foundations for the following years when students began to read from Plutarch’s Lives. Later, students studied from Mason’s own work: Ourselves as wel

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