Charlotte Mason said that all subjects should be "illustrated and illuminated by books of literary value."
Mason tells us that "we can only cover a mere inch of the field of science, it is true; but the attitude of mind we get in our own little bit of work helps us to the understanding of what is being done elsewhere." This one living science book gave me a deeper understanding on one subject but opened my mind to other closely related topics
This week, I read the news headline with great interest: The National Institute of Health Brokers HeLa Genome Deal. The book had made such an impression on me that I could still recall the people involved and empathized with their motivation and celebrate their accomplishment.
Ms. Skloot, the author of the book, was interviewed afresh with her perspective on this unprecedented agreement: August 9th CBC radio podcast . It was nice to hear her out loud voice as I felt I 'knew' her as I read her book.
A Mason education is a life. I read with my children for years and I continue to read for myself. A book like The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks adds experience and knowledge to my life and I care to know more.
"The question is not how much does the youth know when he is finished with his education - but how much does he care? and about how any orders of things does he care?" Charlotte Mason
all quotes from: https://amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html#6