Relational Educational Leadership by J. Carroll Smith with John Thorley
In 1894 Henrietta Franklin meets Charlotte Mason in Ambleside after convincing her husband to holiday in Windermere, a town located on Lake Windermere near Ambleside. While there she makes a visit to Scale How. After that meeting Mason acknowledges Henrietta as her chela. This is a relationship that grows deeper as the years pass until Mason’s death in 1923. Henrietta is devoted to Mason, and she continues the work of the Parents’ National Educational Union until her death in 1964. This monograph explores the relationship between Mason and Franklin through the lenses of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s seven principles of leadership. A short non-biographical introduction to Mason and Franklin begins this monograph, then each of Sacks’s leadership principles are discussed, and the relationship between Mason and Franklin is briefly analysed in light of each of them. Mason’s service to children, and ultimately to her nation, is very similar to Franklin’s service to the same. Both women set out to change education for children. Along with assuming tremendous responsibilities, they are both vision casters for those seeking new means of educating children at a time when England was becoming aware of the need to educate all, not just the wealthy middle class or the aristocracy. **Available here as a digital download or as a paperback on Amazon.**
The multi-authored Charlotte Mason Centenary Monograph series is designed to highlight and explore the continuing educational and leadership relevance of Charlotte Mason (1842–1923) through the collective contributions of the Armitt Museum and Library, the University of Cumbria, the Charlotte Mason Institute, and other scholars and practitioners worldwide.