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Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason started a school in 1891. The school was not within a building, but instead was made up of children all over the world who used Charlotte Mason's home education program. Their motto read, "I am…, I can…, I ought…, I will." Mason's curriculum consisted of firsthand sources, which the child would read only once narrating each paragraph or chapter. Through practice in narration the child becomes equipt to decipher knowledge for themselves and allows teachers the ability to evaluate without the use of homework or tests. Mason believed this approach would give students the ability to read good books for themselves without being diluted with information by the teacher. Mason believed children, under supervision, should be free to explore and investigate their world, so that "his lesson would be joyous."

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