The Large Room

 

Thou hast set my feet in a large room, should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul.  Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.  We cannot give the children these interests; we prefer that they should never say they have learned botany or conchology, geology or astronomy.  The question is not, – how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education – but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care?  In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”  – Charlotte Mason (Vol 3, School Education, Chapter XVI, p. 170)

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