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#67- Montaigne’s “Of the Education of Children”

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In 1580, Michel De Montaigne is asked by the pregnant Madame Diane de Foix on what the best way of educating a child is. In his essay  “Of the Education of Children,” Montaigne provides her with a glimpse into his own upbringing, advising her on how children should apply their education to their own life.

Karl warns, “I don’t think you should let anyone read this because they will become dissatisfied with the current state of education.”

There’s nothing that will squash curiosity and a love of learning more than compulsion and force. Can Montaigne’s mode of education even be done in a modern classroom?

If you are struggling with how to school your children at home, Karl has some advice for you. “Keep the screens turned off, have good things in the house, and eventually they will learn stuff out of boredom.”

Tune in for more advice from Montaigne, Scott, and Karl on the proper means of educating your children.

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