Who was Charlotte Mason?
Who was Charlotte Mason? Miss Mason was a British educator who lived from 1842 to 1923. During this time, as she became a teacher and worked for fifteen years, she developed her own ideas of education based on her observances of the students and the education system.
“English children in the 1800s were educated according to social class; the poorer were taught a trade, and the fine arts and literature were reserved for the richer class.” Witnessing this inspired Charlotte Mason to desire a system that allowed children from all backgrounds to experience and participate in a broad feast of knowledge and ideas.
As her education experiences grew, so did her idea on what education could be if parents were to engage differently with their children and take the responsibility of the education into their own hands and treat it with “the diligence, regularity, and punctuality which men bestow on their professional labours.”
She moved to Ambleside, England and created her own school that was to train anyone who would be working with young children. The Parents’ Review School adopted Charlotte Mason’s education philosophy and implemented her methods.
Charlotte Mason also continued to write, going on to publish six dense volumes beginning with Home Education, followed by Parents and Children, School Education, Ourselves, Formation of Character, and A Philosophy of Education. Recently, Simply Charlotte Mason had the original “pink” series reformatted and reprinted into easier to read versions. You can buy them here. They’re on the pricier side but totally worth it!
You can also find the original series available for e-reader in the format of your choice thanks to Archive.Org. Also, Leslie Noelani Laurio has taken the challenge of taking Charlotte Mason’s Victorian English and translated it into modern English. They’re available to read for FREE (crazy, right?) here or you can buy hard copies on Amazon.
Charlotte Mason has many books written about her and the depth of her is still barely covered so one overview post doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. My charge to you is to research her if you’re interested in her philosophy and get to know her through her writings yourself. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.
 Simply Charlotte Mason. (2017). Who Was Charlotte Mason? Retrieved from https://simplycharlottemason.com/what-is-the-charlotte-mason-method/who-was-charlotte-mason/
 Mason, C. M. (1905). Home education. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.