Mystery writer Agatha Christie remains one of the best-selling authors of all time. Join Michael Farris, chairman and general counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association, as he talks about Christie’s education today on Home School Heartbeat
Agatha Christie was the third child born to Clara and Frederick Miller, a family that lived in Victorian England. Unlike their first two children, who were witty and outgoing like their father, Agatha was a shy, quiet girl.
Fortunately, Agatha’s wise mother was quick to see and understand the nature of her daughter. Rather than sending her off to school, which would have likely been quite painful for the shy girl, Agatha’s mother educated her at home. The attention young Agatha received from her mother allowed her to blossom into a successful woman who lived a long and happy life.
Another important factor that helped to positively develop young Agatha was the love shared between her mother and her father. Later in life, Agatha claimed that her parent’s marriage was one of only four completely successful marriages she’d observed in her long life.
Whether you homeschool or not, Agatha Christie’s life contains some important lessons that all parents can take to heart.
- First, remember that when it comes to your children, you are irreplaceable.
- Second, like Agatha Christie, your kids will benefit tremendously by seeing a husband and wife who consistently demonstrate love for each other.“
(From HSLDA’s Home School Heartbeat’s volume 104, Program 9
Airdate: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Originally Aired: Thursday, March 11, 1999
at HSLDA’s Famous Homeschoolers II – Agatha Christie)