This year, my wife began homeschooling our two boys. One of the authors that writes about educating children whom she really appreciates is Charlotte Mason. Mason advocated a holistic approach to education, which placed a strong emphasis on creating the kind of learning environment that fosters both intellectual and character formation. She strove to create an atmosphere that cultivated a love for learning as a basic disposition of one’s character and as a way of engaging all of life. One motto that summarizes her approach well is: “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
The other day my wife came across a blog post in which the author, Karen Glass, reflects on Mason’s approach to evolution in light of her Christian faith and her philosophy of education. I really enjoyed reading it and found her approach to be exemplary. It is instructive for Christians not only as they engage the “evolution” issue, but also as they engage the “faith and science” discussion more broadly (regardless of where one stands on evolution).
I recommend Glass’s post to you, which you can find by clicking the link below. Thanks, Elena, for bringing it to my attention!