I finished reading this over the weekend. It is a short book but there is so much in it to take in and digest. I honestly cannot say enough about it. It is so much deeper than just, “Do this three days a week,” or “This is how you teach history.” Classical education was about instilling virtue and wisdom, about living up to an ideal. It was about teaching students to love the ideal so they would strive after it the rest of their lives. Karen Glass shows how Charlotte Mason took the best of the classical educators in service of forming virtuous human beings who know they are made in the image of God.
The function of the will is to choose, and every choice made contributes to the character of the chooser… No effort of choice is necessary to serve self – this we do naturally, and choices made to indulge our natural desires do not require an act of will. When we will ourselves to act for others, or for God, or for the sake of an ideal, we are behaving like men rather than animals… Choosing to serve something other than self is a fulfillment of Christ’s command to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We already love self, and need no conscious willing to pursue ease, leisure, profit, and pleasure for ourselves. If our education seeks to give us character, it will teach us to choose to work for others, and inspire us by ordering our affections so that we desire to do so.