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Persons Not Products

September 9th, 2022 | 11 min read

By Amy Fischer

Charlotte Mason helped me make sense of my education.

I had caring and competent teachers in high school, but they could not compensate for the educational system we operated in. You may find that system familiar. It breaks education down into a series of benchmarks, rewarding those who have the personality, ability, and motivation to keep in line. I was one of those students, and high school was a steady process of accruing good grades and extracurriculars for my impending scholarship applications. Although I enjoyed many of my classes, they were ultimately transactions, exchanging effort for grades and letters of recommendation, currency for higher education and, later, the job market. I graduated with the transcript I wanted, but I missed something.

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