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PREFACE.
lowing pages is briefly this: man comes into existence marked by his Creator as the subject of a peculiar design, which is, that he shall reach the perfection of his being through education. This point I illustrate by compari­sons, showing that while all the animal races are inca­pable of being benefited by instruction, and obtain their perfection without it, man can only receive the full de­velopment of his physical, intellectual and moral faculties through a process of teaching and training.
While man thus stands in contrast to every other liv­ing thing as the subject of education, it is to be remarked, as a part of the same great scheme of Providence, that the controlling lessons of life, those which last the long­est, those which result in fixed habits and permanent tastes, and usually determine the character for good or ill, are given in early life ; that they are given at the fireside seminary; and that here the parent, as well by the ordi­nance of God as the institutions of society, is the teacher. The responsibility of the parent is inferred from these premises. If they are founded in truth, it would seem that every reflecting father and mother must feel, that, after a provision for the comforts of life, education, in its true and full sense—the developing and perfecting the various physical, moral and intellectual faculties of their children—is the first and strongest duty; and that to sacrifice this, or any part of this, for the purpose of ac­quiring wealth, or station, or honor, or any other worldly interest, whether designed for parent or child, is but a surrender to an inferior good and a lesser obligation, of the greatest benefit and the highest trust. The Great Lawgiver has nowhere said to parents, bestow wealth, honor or power on your children, but he has said to them, by the very constitution of human nature, educate your
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