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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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3. Intellect is improved in the same way, and it is also perfected in the same way. I have, in the previous division, called the common school system the first educational measure by which the intellectual powers are tried. Now when we have determined what the whole system of education comprises, we have the total measure by which intellect is tried in point of education. But when any mind has compassed the whole system of education as determined, it has arrived at perfection in point of education. Well, if this be so, then every mind perfected by education, is perfected in the same way and by the same means. But, then, why is it, I ask, that all minds are thus perfected in the same way and by the same means? It is not because education, as a system, is not identical. Education is a system of principles which are ever the same. There are, first principles; and these are first whether they be placed first, middle, or last. They will be first,



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