Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This is good

At least, I think it is. Surely anyone who stops by here is mildly interested in either literature and/or its role in education. And if you are, I think you will enjoy these audio files. Clive James and Peter Porter, neither of whom I have ever heard of, discuss education, books, classical education (or the lack thereof) with all the gusto of genuine, life-long readers. I will not venture to guess at their ages, but one of them mentions being at school during World War II, and these programs were recorded in 2000, so they aren't exactly youngsters.

Nevertheless, these self-proclaimed autodidacts share their childhood reading experiences and their adult efforts at self-education. And yes, they consider themselves still to be in the process of learning and growing. I enjoyed every minute of the first program, "On Not Having a Classical Education," and I can't wait to listen to the next five. Please, do have a listen.

Hat tip to Booklad for the link and a much better introduction to what he calls "A Feast for the Mind."

And Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, take note of the beginning of the discussion, where they discuss the role of memory, or what is retained from a book, and see if you don't think narration dovetails with it nicely.


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