There is a third kind of memory – facts and ideas floating in the brain

Heart of Dakota Charlotte Mason Moment

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A Charlotte Mason Moment: 

“There is a third kind of memory – facts and ideas floating in the brain which yet make no part of it, and are exuded at a single effort; as when a barrister produces all his knowledge of a case in his brief, and then forgets all about it; or when the schoolboy ‘crams’ for an examination, writes down what he has thus learned, and behold, it is gone from his gaze for ever: as Ruskin puts it, ‘They cram to pass, and not to know; they DO pass, and they DON’T know.’ That the barrister, the physician, should be able thus to dismiss the case on which he has ceased to be occupied, the publisher the book he has rejected, is well for him, and this art of forgetting is not without its uses: but what of the schoolboy who has little left after a year’s work but his place in a class-list?” (Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 1, p. 155)

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2 thoughts on “There is a third kind of memory – facts and ideas floating in the brain”

  1. Oh my, this sums up my public school experience, unfortunately. I am so thankful for HOD and our decision to homeschool because now I have really learned, and I know our boys are really learning.

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