and receives its whole store of knowledge. The case does not turn upon the extent of our acquaintance with the systems of education, but on the actual effect of any degree of knowledge in any one system.
Take the common school system. Now the inquiry is this, is this an intellectual system? Does it develop intellect and do all who master this system experience this effect? If this is an intellectual system it is an evidence of intellect to master it.
But if it be an evidence of intellect to master this system, then all who master it must have their minds improved in that identical way and degree which this system is adapted to. Hence, so far as this system is concerned, all minds, then, are improved by the same method. And they are improved to the same degree. The common school system is the first educational measure by which the intellectual powers are tried. It is called the elementary, or primary system, because it is the foundation of all acquirement. It is the first gate way