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I so wish I had had this book when I was making all the decisions about educating my children. Flinders explanation of how our world view determines how we educate is invaluable. Also, his discussion of why we must start with our self, the teacher first, and why moral and spiritual education comes before the regular school "subjects" is the best I've read.
I would have given this book more stars if it had been easier to read! The content was awesome, but redundant. I bet it could be half as long. The author definitely did his research, though, and I love the fact that he applies the Gospel to teaching: two of my favorite things!
Every time I pick up this book I feel re-grounded in solid principles and recommit myself to applying them in my teaching both at home and at church.. It's not "light reading" but full of light for a parent or educator who is hungry for insights and direction.
The scope of this book is huge, but it's all important. It's always so hard for me to teach with the child's agency in mind, after all, as a product of the public school system, we didn't have much agency. I've noticed as I implement the principles taught here that my children are happier and more willing to work for their own education. It's stopped being me against them for their sake and has turned into me helping alongside them but ultimately allowing them to make their decisions, fully awar...more
Good reminders every parent should consider. Good quotes and scriptural backing on how and why it is so important to teach our children how to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost, how to include God in our secular education, and why spiritual knowledge and learning is so important. More applicable today than when it was written as we get so caught up in secular learning and sometimes forget to make spiritual learning just as big, if not a bigger part of our childrens' educations.
This was so eye-opening. It's going to take me a while to digest it. Great read about the underlying philosophies of education, the practices that come out of them and then best practices based on the Hebraic tradition (a philosophy that takes teh spiritual nature of man and agency among other things as fundamental to our experiences). Huge wow.