Introduction – For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School

This year marks the 30th anniversary of For the Children’s Sake: Foundation of Education for Home and School.  The author, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, is married and has four grown children.  With her husband Ranald’s encouragement, Mrs. Macaulay wrote down the lessons she learned and ideas related to children, education and life that came to her through her homeschooling experience.

In her Introduction to the book, she presents some points that she would like us to keep in mind as we read.

Initially, she clarifies that while she used the pronoun “he” exclusively in the book, she did so for simplicity.  She states that she is not giving male children a higher status over female, because she believes “that all are of equal value”.

Additionally, she points out that the Christian World View is taken for granted in the book, but she makes a point to the non-Christian reader that if you aren’t a Christian “you’ll still be fascinated by this human, balanced , practical view of what education and life is all about”.

Finally, she stresses that while the book covers a lot about Charlotte Mason, a teacher from the early twentieth century, the ideas presented are as applicable today as they were then so “please, don’t throw out the ideas along with the materials”.

And, I believe my favorite quote from the introduction is:

“Education is an adventure that has to do with central themes, not the particular packages a given generation puts them into.  It’s about people, children, life, reality!”

It is my hope that this book will be an encouragement to you as we go through our book study, and hopefully we will all come away with some practical advice that we can apply to our own homeschooling adventure.

God Bless You All!

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