Are [the children] to go into the world ignorant of the questions that are searching many hearts, to be staggered by the first shock of evidence and opinion running counter to the old thoughts?
No; but how I wish I could do [the children] the like inestimable served that a great teacher has done for me and many another! It is difficult to put into words, but, somehow, one is landed on the other side of the controversies of the day: they are of immense interest, but are not final.
It is just, to compare lesser things with great, as the husband of a famous woman might listen to discussions about his wife’s works or published letters. Are they hers or are they not? Are the opinions put into the mouths other best characters truly her own? It is most interesting to hear what the world guesses; besides, these things are not vital; the vital thing is herself and their mutual relations. So, but infinitely more so, of our apprehension of the Highest, and our cognizance of the supreme relationship.
Reveal to the eyes of youth the vision of the infinite Loveliness,
lay bare the heart of youth to the drawings of the irresistible Tenderness,
let the young know, of their own intimate knowledge, that,
“The thoughts of God are broader than the measures of man’s mind
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind,”
and all other knowledge and relationships and facts of life will settle themselves.
~Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character, pgs. 149-150
(paragraph placement and emphasis my own)