Excerpt from Five Papers on the Past Proceedings and Experience of the Society of Friends, in Connection With the Education of Youth: Read at the Meetings of the Friends' Educational Society, at Ackworth, in the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842
In the preface to this little book, it is stated that about six years since, a meeting of divers good friends took place concerning children's education, and teaching the languages; and what then was fully agreed on and writ down, was in substance, that they had agreed to lay aside the heathenish books, and the old corrupt grammars taken out of them, and set up the Scriptures of Truth, and what may be savoury, and good matter that may not corrupt children's minds.
For the carrying out of this purpose they state that they had composed two books, instead of such grammars, as they had laid aside, because of the corrupt matter found in them.
It is said, We deny nothing for children's learning that may be honest and useful for them to know, whether relating to divine principles, or that may be outwardly serviceable for them to learn in regard to the outward creation. We doubt much whether these elementary books were ever generally used in the other schools, which were doubtless soon Opened to meet the growing wants of the body. In the year 1671, by a memorandum found among the papers in Devonshire House, there appear to have been fifteen boarding schools.
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