The Rise, Development and Progress of the Elementary School System in the United States
It would probably be hard to find any subject discussed more at length than that of education. Men argue and prate about this and about that but all agree that education is an essential factor of a civilized community. Why did the savage remain in his superstitions and primitive beliefs? Why did he make no progress with the material that was at his command? Again, why is he rejected by men rather than chosen as a leader? The answer to these questions is he had never come under the influence of education. True, his natural instincts were brought into play in a marvelous way, yet his customs, habits and character remained unformed. The undeveloped mind did not seek new channels of thought and thus he lived and died a savage. Take this illiterate son of nature, train him along lines of good conduct, correct morals, right thinking and virtuous habits, and what have you?
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Joanella, Mary, "The Rise, Development and Progress of the Elementary School System in the United States" (1928). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557736.