I wonder if Chesterton had read any Charlotte Mason?
…the French have an incomparable idiom for a boy playing truant: “Il fait l’école buissonnière”—he goes to the bushy school, or the school among the bushes….How admirably this “bushy school” expresses half the modern notions of a more natural education! The two words express the whole poetry of Wordsworth, the whole philosophy of Thoreau, and are quite as good literature as either.
—G. K. Chesterton,
Charles Dickens: The Last of the Great Men
Chesterton and Dickens
Speaking of Dickens…
A Great Day for Birthdays
“Snuggling Up to Genius”
“The Ungovernable Sense of Life”