17.1.14Posted by Jeanne
Because sometimes it's good to know what the lady really thought.
Q: When introducing the P.U.S. work should it begin in Standard I?
A: This is in direct opposition to one of our leading principles which is that any child of any age is by nature fit for the work proper for that age and requires no preliminary training. The boy or girl of 16 or 17 who joins Form V or VI will probably do as good work as one who has worked up to that form from Standard I, although he may be weaker in spelling and composition, reading, writing or sums, and must have special teaching in these. Our sole reliance is on the latent intellectual power in children.
So there you have it. How often do we hear variations of this question? Now we have her answer.
From a notebook written in 1917 by Charlotte Mason, quoted in The Story of Charlotte Mason 1842-1923 by Essex Cholmondeley, p 130