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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
PROVISION OP PROVIDENCE THAT THE CONTROL­LING LESSONS OF LIFE SHALL BE GIVEN BY PARENTS.
If man is made to be the subject of educa­tion, and if the decisive stage in which he is most easily moulded is that of early life, how wise and benignant is the course of providence as displayed in this design. In the dawn of existence, man is to receive a bias for life, It is at this period that lie is most ductile. It is at this period that he is formed to obtain the most lasting impressions, and acquire those trains of thought and feeling which will shape his future fortunes. And what seminary is provided for him '?' To what teacher is he com­mitted ? The seminary is home: the teacher is the parent. What spot on earth so likely to abound in genial influences as the fireside? What schoolmaster so likely to teach with blended wisdom and kindness as the parent ?
It is plainly a part of the great scheme of the Creator, in making man the subject of educa­tion, that the fireside shall be the seminary in which the controlling lessons of life are to be taught. It is obvious that in placing the power of fashioning the characters of their children for good or ill in the hands of parents, Heaven pre-
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