Susan Schaeffer Macaulay Interviews Joan Molyneux

Susan Schaeffer Macaulay Interviews Joan Molyneux

In 1984, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay published her groundbreaking book For the Children’s Sake. For many of us, it was our first introduction to the Charlotte Mason method. But how did Macaulay herself learn the method? In her book, she describes how her children were blessed by a school that “still practiced the gentle art of an education based on a certain Charlotte Mason’s ideas.”[1] She “sent off for books … by this lady who lived nearly a hundred years ago.”[2] Macaulay devoured these books, but then she did more: she spoke to one of Charlotte Mason’s successors. Joan Molyneux was the Principal of the PNEU School and editor of the PNEU Journal from 1966 to 1974. In 1978, six years before the publication of For the Children’s Sake, Macaulay recorded an 80-minute interview with Molyneux. In this interview, we hear in real-time a discovery that has become our discovery. Now we finally have the opportunity to share the complete recording of this historic conversation with you. We hope you enjoy it.


[1] For the Children’s Sake, p. 4.
[2] Ibid., pp. 4–5.

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