Tuesday, November 13, 2012

To Form Their Souls by Memory

::  Anthony Esolen in the Foreword of Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education by Stratford Caldecott:

“But more than that, we would desire to bring children into the garden of created being, and thought, and expression. Caldecott reminds us that for the medieval schoolmen, as for Plato, education was essentially musical, an education in the cosmos or lovely order that surrounds us and bears us up. Thus when we teach our youngest children by means of rhymes and songs, we do so not merely because rhymes and songs are actually effective mnemonic devices. We do so because we wish to form their souls by memory: we wish to bring them up as rememberers, as persons, born, as Caldecott points out, in certain localities, among certain people, who bear a certain history, and who claim our love and loyalty.

The memory, too, gives the child both the strength and the armor he needs for what comes next, and that is thought itself—strength to search for truth, and armor against easy and plausible falsehoods.”


Amy said...

All the more reason to memorize scripture :) This quote also made me think of the hymns that we effortlessly soak up as children in church... the words and tunes become a part of our history.

Shell in your Pocket said...

Love your homeschooling posts!

Thank you for sharing!

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