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Thanks to Anna Duran and the Catholic Education Resource Center and Crisis magazine for these reflections from Mitchell Kalpakgian on Louisa May Alcott’s Plumfield as a great model for educators. I’m pretty sure I’m a home educator because of Louisa .
Her Little Women and Little Men and Jo’s Boys were balm to my soul in a life that was very different, very empty of all that love and warmth and hominess she depicts. Never let anyone convince you that kids need books that ‘identify with’ their own depressing lives! They need (I needed) books that showed higher possibilities for life, so they can hold on in the midst of their realities. (Note: I’ve put in a link for a reliable edition of Little Women, and here’s one for a good all-three-books-in-one….there are so many abridged and slopped-together versions now that it’s out of copyright….caveat emptor!)
Now, Kalpakgian’s book Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature
is on my to-read list! (Note: it was on my list until I saw that it’s out of print and can be had for over seven hundred dollars! If you do a re-edition of this book, let me know!)