The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker

This compilation unites two of Dorothy L. Sayers best writings about the proper education of Christian children. Written in the 1940s, these influential documents were published at the time that Sayers was at her height as a popular writer of fiction. Well-known in England and abroad as a talented and bestselling author, it was during maturity that Sayers decided the time was right to share and publish her views on Christian education. Sayers discusses a number of different topics relevant to a healthy moral and spiritual education ranging from primary school age to university level. She proposes a number of tenets and rules to be carried by schools and colleges, that students may acquire a mindful and responsible attitude both to God and to others in the world. The views delivered in the texts are enforced by relevant quotations of writers and poets who wrote with Christian overtones, such as Goethe and T. S. Eliot. Mindful of the nature of children and young people, Sayers does not advocate an oppressive or forceful kind of education, but one which nurtures pupils' inner talents and creativity. As a woman who lived by her talents for expression and by the Christian virtues, Sayers is eager that students of future generations be given the greatest chance to succeed in much the same fashion she did. The opinions Dorothy Sayers gave in these two works were influential in education, with many schools around the USA and UK - both private and state funded - taking inspiration from them. Today, they remain a relevant and worthwhile read for parents, educators and Christian believers.

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