Reflections On The Operation Of The Present System Of Education

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Side 10 - ... to exert their best endeavors to impress on the minds of children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of piety, justice, and a sacred regard to truth, love to their country, humanity and universal benevolence, sobriety, industry and frugality, chastity, moderation and temperance, and those other virtues which are the ornament of human society, and the basis upon which a republican constitution is founded...
Side 10 - It shall be the duty of the president, professors, and tutors of the University at Cambridge and of the several colleges, of all preceptors and teachers of academies, and of all other instructors of youth, to exert their best endeavors to impress on the minds of children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of piety and justice and a sacred regard to truth ; love of their country, humanity, and universal benevolence; sobriety, industry, and frugality; chastity, moderation,...
Side 16 - ... wonted course. Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful and hard, — make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child grown an adult, as the most atrocious crimes are to any of your Lordships. Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding...
Side 16 - ... which can involve him in distress, and he will just as likely think of rushing into an element in which he cannot breathe, as of lying, or cheating, or stealing.
Side 15 - ... easy, and casts all difficulties upon the deviation from the wonted course. Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful and hard ; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown an adult, as the most 15 atrocious crimes are to any of your lordships.
Side 15 - Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding truth — of carefully respecting the property of others — of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress — and he will just as...
Side 15 - It will be as difficult for him to become criminal, because as foreign from his confirmed habits, as it would be for one of your lordships to go out and rob on the highway. Thus, to commence the education of youth, at the tender age on which I have laid so much stress, will, I feel confident, be the sure means of guarding society against crimes.
Side 15 - ... created in the child's mind, while all mutinous and perverse disposition is avoided, — if this system be followed up by a constant instruction in the principles of virtue, and a corresponding advancement in intellectual pursuits, — if, during the most critical years of his life, his understanding and his feelings are accustomed only to sound principles and pure and innocent impressions, — it will become almost impossible that he should afterwards take to vicious courses, because these will...
Side 2 - BOSTON : PRINTED BY JOHN WILSON AND SON, 22, SCHOOL STREET. PREFATORY NOTE.

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