I’m excited about our For the Children’s Sake book club. How did your first week of reading go? I know that many of you have already read the book, or are working through it a second time, but I’m excited to be learning together. Included below are the questions and comments for chapter one. Feel free to reply with your own observations, answer the questions in a journal or commonplace book, or ask a question that another mom could answer in the Peaceful Press Facebook group.
Chapter 1 What is Education?
Question 1. How would you define education? This can vary for every family, for some, it will be about communication skills and academic achievement. For others, it might be about developing character or imagination or athletic ability. For me personally, this quote rings very true.
“The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things — not merely industrious, but to love industry — not merely learned, but to love knowledge — not merely pure, but to love purity — not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.”
― John Ruskin, Unto This Last and Other Writings
On page 10, the author talks about a different way of educating that takes into consideration that “children are born persons” and asks “Where to start? How?”
Question 2. Do you feel that you have gotten a good start on what I would deem a more life-giving method of education? If no, what do you feel makes it hard to get started?
She also says-
“Parents need to evaluate their priorities. They need to consider why they respond, “We wouldn’t have time to read a book together every day. We don’t have time to hike/camp/paint/talk with our children.””
Question 3. What are your family priorities? Are you able to prioritize these activities on a weekly or daily basis? Why or why not?
If you are still working to discover your family priorities, download The Peaceful Press free family vision guide and start defining your own family. It’s as simple as writing down the activities that are most important to your family, and then making a plan for how you will prioritize them.