Turning Home into School by Margaret Coombs

The Lutterworth Press is pleased to bring you another delightful blog post from Margaret A. Coombs, the esteemed author of Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence. This time she writes about the organisation of the Parents’ Union School following the death of Charlotte Mason, and unearths a fascinating article written by Lady Pakenham for a 1954 issue of Housewife.

Read the blog through this link at the Charlotte Mason Institute:

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Praise for Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence:

“The story of Charlotte Mason, long seen through the lens of Essex Cholmondeley and her predominantly mythical panegyric, has now reached a higher form of clarity, historical rigour, and accuracy through this new work by Margaret Coombs. Archival work can be frustrating, time-consuming, and yet rewarding. Here we find one such productive example. In these pages, the early life and educational philosophy of Mason come to life in an engaging and well-researched narrative that helps dispel the romanticised and inauthentic picture that has been perpetuated in current circles. Critical readers will find much here to ponder as the historical veil that has long obfuscated Mason’s life becomes more transparent.”
Dr Jack Edward Beckman, Professor of Education, Covenant College

“It is to Margaret Coombs’ great credit that she has woven an excellent, imaginative and fascinating story of the well-known educator.”
Miriam David, Professor Emerita of Sociology of Education, UCL Institute of Education

“It is a wonderful and very welcome addition to Mason scholarship, densely researched and impressive in its range of references, there are some exciting discoveries here about Mason’s family background which greatly add to our understanding of her personality and life story. It provides an excellent insight into the remarkable life and achievements of an extraordinary individual, whilst also helping us to understand the constraints experienced by all women in Victorian society, as well as the new opportunities available to the more resourceful of them.”
Christina de Bellaigue, Associate Professor, Jackson Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Exeter College, Oxford

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