GREAT RIVER LEARNING is a non-profit education organization founded to support educators at home and in schools in the pursuit of humane education as envisioned by turn-of-the-century educator Charlotte M. Mason.
Mason was an Anglican educator who based her educational understandings and practices on the fact that human beings, created in the image of God, are not animals or machines, but persons to be respected and inspired in their both their spiritual education and their academic education. She believed that all fruitful growth and learning was the work of the Holy Spirit, and that there was no division between “sacred” and “secular” knowledge; therefore, people should not be poked and prodded along in their learning, nor should they be enticed by means of superficial desires. Likewise, Mason considered knowledge to be much more than mere information, and saw that engaging human agency made the difference between cramming one’s short-term memory and nurturing one’s mind on ideas.
GREAT RIVER LEARNING offers “a life, a discipline, and an atmosphere” for families with children ages 5-13 through our various drop-off programs, coaching and consulting relationships, and community via in-person meet-ups and online social networking for those pursuing the “science of relations” to God, to others, and to the natural world.
Great River Learning does not discriminate in its hiring of teachers or admission of families on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability.