"The public appear to be now nearly unanimous on the point, that the people should be educated; but considerable differences of opinion exist as to who should be charged with the duty of educating them--the state or individuals? also, whether combined religious and secular instruction, or secular instruction alone, should be given by the schoolmaster, leaving religious instruction to be supplied by the parent and priest. To communicate my views distinctly on these points, I find it advisable to begin with the very elements of the subject"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
"Physical laws of nature, affecting our physical condition, as well as regulating the whole material system of the universe, are universally acknowledged to exist, and constitute the elements of natural philosophy and chemical science: Physiologists, medical practitioners, and all who take medical aid, admit the existence of organic laws: And the sciences of government, legislation, education, indeed our whole train of conduct through life, proceed upon the admission of laws in morals. Accordingly, the laws of nature have formed an interesting subject of inquiry to philosophers of all ages; but, so far as I am aware, no author has hitherto attempted to point out, in a systematic form, the relations between those laws and the constitution of Man; which must, nevertheless, be done, before our knowledge of them can be beneficially applied. The great object of the following Treatise is to exhibit several of the most important natural laws, and their relations and consequences, with a view to the improvement of education and the regulation of individual and national conduct"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).
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