Another week has flown by. This weekend we will be hosting a spend-the-night for my younger son and his friends. Pray for me! Do you share weekly roundups?
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Here are some of my favorite finds for the week:
“The Teaching Methods of Charlotte Mason and the PNEU”
This rather boring title is the name of a speech given at a long ago conference that really packed a punch. The transcription team at Charlotte Mason Poetry has uncovered it for us all to read and be inspired.
In July of 1931, educators from around the world converged on Belford, England to discuss the topic of “Education in a Changing Empire.” Representatives from Canada, South Africa, and Australia all expected to hear about educational problems due to differences of nationality and climate. One speaker, however, came with a different agenda. He was concerned about a different sort of problem which he referred to as a plague. This plague was so insidious, he said, that not a single type of school in Britain had escaped its reach. But it was not a plague of virus or germ. It was a plague of teaching. This one speaker was from Gloucestershire, England, and he was out of step with the rest. Others came with questions, but he came with answers. He offered a cure for a disease they didn’t even know they had. His name was H.W. Household, and before this international crowd of elites, he spoke of a new and better way. He ended his address with an invitation: come and see. His invitation still stands today. Let’s hear his words. Let’s come and see.
Read the speech here Here’s a taste:
And if the child in the school absorbs information without thinking, the man in the street does the same. The multitude do not think: they accept opinions ready made from pulpit, press, and platform, and then say that they think this or that. It is not too much to say that the stability of our modern civilisation may come to depend upon our ability to impart to the many this same power of clear and forceful thought. But is the average teacher, who employs the conventional class teaching methods, the oral lesson and the skilful questioning, likely to succeed in imparting it? He is but an average man; the text books that he uses were written by average men; there is nothing in him or in them, in the common phrase, to put across. The hungry mind that seeks its proper food will not find it there. It craves not information but knowledge; for knowledge furnishes ideas, and it is ideas that are the food of mind. Without that food in ample measure, and discipline in the use of it, no mind will achieve the power of clear and forceful thought; there will be no disciplined intelligence.
Definitely worth a read this weekend!
Free Vintage Natural History Posters
Picture Box Blue has provided these beautiful vintage posters on her site. Feathers, birds, insects, eggs and more! These would look great in any homeschool room. They were painted by the French painter and entomologist Adolphe Millot in the late 19th and early 20th Century and were from the book the Nouveau Larousse Illustré a French encyclopedia first published in 1905.
Can You Solve the Plastic Problem?
A friend of mine–Jenna Jambeck–is a National Geographic Explorer working on the plastic problem. She posted this new challenge with cash prizes to look for innovative solutions to solve various aspects of the world’s plastic problem.
The goal is to highlight both the breadth of the problem—the 270 pounds of plastic waste each American goes through each year.
Inspired by the British competition to solve the longitude problem in the 18th century, National Geographic is hoping that innovators in a variety of fields will apply their thinking to this problem.
There is a long and storied history of using prizes to solve big technical or environmental problems.
As late as the early 1700s, European sailors had a conundrum. They had figured out how to use the position of the sun, measured at noon, to pinpoint their exact latitude on the globe, so they could track how far north or south they had sailed. But they didn’t have any way of measuring longitude, so they had only the roughest of guesses about how far they’d gone east or west.The British government set a reward of up to 20,000 British pounds (today, that would be about 3.4 million dollars) to anyone who could come up with some reliable way of determining longitude.The most ocean-minded Europeans could not solve the problem: Not the captains or the boatbuilders or the scientists scratching out equations. The answer, instead, came from a clock builder named John Harrison, who built a clock that could keep precise track of time on the rocking decks of a ship. If sailors knew exactly what time it was on their ship, and the time at another place with a precisely known longitude, they could back out their own exact position.
Would the problem have been solved without Harrison? Eventually, says Reto Hofstetter, a management expert at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. But the reward, or prize, incentivized him and many others to scheme and tinker in ways that sped up the discovery.
Who knows? Maybe one of us has the idea that will change the world. Read more details here.
Color Our Collections
Museums of the world have made their greatest works into coloring pages to celebrate #colorourcollections. From February 4-8, 2019, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. Find the links here.
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Coming Up Next Week
I’m bringing back “Mondays with Miss Mason”! Share your Mason-focused posts in the comments below and I will include your link in my post.