"...don't ever sell yourself short as a woman or as a mother... Do not let the world define, denigrate, or limit your feelings of lifelong learning and the values of motherhood... Lifelong learning is essential to the vitality of the human mind, body and soul. It enhances self-worth and self-actuation. Lifelong learning is invigorating mentally and is a great defense against aging, depression and self-doubt."
--Robert D. Hales
Art credit: A Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honore Fragonard (artrenewal.org)
Today I am transferring and adding additional resources to the Oceans page and I stopped to read the introduction to one of the books, which are so frequently loaded with good thoughts about educating children.
It talked about how important books are for "making a child a participant in the results of experiences of all mankind." BUT "the book knowledge, containing as it does the precious lessons of human experience, may be so taught as to bring with it only dead rules of conduct, only dead scraps of information, and no stimulation to original thinking. ..
"Its contents may be memorized without being understood...resulting in loading the mind with material which he cannot use to advantage...
"Some minds are so full of lumber that there is no space left to set up a workshop."
In an article about nature shared by one of our group members, there is a phrase that I loved: "cultivating wonder."
I would say that sums up our task as mothers in educating the hearts of our children. WEH is not just letting your kids do anything they want. Your role is 'to cultivate wonder' and the principles shared in the mother's university is all about how to do that.