"...self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing."
-- Isaac Asimov
In previous posts in this series on parents' education, I've talked about why the parents' education is just as important as the kids' education, as well as how parents can get started in pursuing their own educations. Now I wanted to share some helpful resources for parents' education.
These are resources that I have found to be valuable in pursuing my own education:
Writing in books
Mentoring in the Classics
Whether they were written long ago or in the modern era, classics are books that are worth reading over and over again because they have a depth that continually enriches the reader's education. For those of us who haven't read many classics, the classics from long ago can be hard to get into because of the language and writing style which are so different from that of modern books. A fantastic way to get started in reading older classics is with children's literature.
True classics from children's literature are not inane or boring; the lessons they have to teach are just as relevant to adults as to children. The language is generally more accessible in children's classics, yet they are still beautifully written. Here are 15 classics from children's literature that I have found to be particularly thought-provoking and useful in my own life as a parent:
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Man of the Family by Ralph Moody
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes