CMP Review 2023-03-07

CMP Review 2023-03-07

March 7, 2023

“Habit rules in practically all one’s thoughts and actions,” wrote Marjorie Peace.

With this statement, Miss Peace was drawing attention to the fact that habit formation is not an optional thing. All human beings form and follow habits. The only question is whether these habits will be a help or a hindrance to a meaningful and productive life.

In light of this fact, Miss Peace draws a logical conclusion: “it is our duty to help children to form good habits which they can make use of all through their lives.”

Marjorie Peace wrote her essay on habit in 1919. Charlotte Mason was 77 years old at the time and chose Peace’s essay to be included in a special symposium of articles by students at the House of Education. Mason began contemplating habit in the 1880s. Now in the twilight years of her life, she was providing a forum for this duty of parents to be highlighted once again.

Read or listen to Peace’s concise essay on habit, which points out truths that were relevant in 1875, in 1919, and in 2023. Find it here.