Excerpt from The Educational Journal of Virginia, Vol. 22: January, 1891
And if this prediction is to be verified, does not the public school have its part to perform in bringing it to pass?
I think it safe to lay down this axiom, that without general intelligence there can be no general prosperity. A prosperity that would inure to the benefit of a few, already at ease, is not a good thing, and is not to be struggled for. If Virginians are to reap the benefits of increased activities within our borders, they must have a fair and equal showing with their most favored competitors and this can only be possible when, as a mass, they are equally educated.
And where should suggestions for the improvement of our State system of education originate, if not with the teacher? Who knows better the average of intelligence than he? Who should be better pre pared to point out defects or omissions in the system? I do not mean the teacher as an individual, however great his experience or ability, but the teacher as an aggregation, such as a State Association would present.
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