Excerpt from Historical Sketch of Grammar School No. 3: Grove and Hudson Streets, New York City
A81de from this important matter of education, the Public School is one of the greatest instrumentalities for the promotion of democracy that exists, for it permits no class distinctions, and in the classroom and playground every pupil is placed on the same level, in the former gradually becoming accustomed to speak in public without feeling embarrassed, and in the latter the physical side of his nature is developed and he becomes able to assert his rights when the necessity for it arises.
At present we not only utilize the school building for the instruction of the youth. But for civic purposes also, and the public forum has been established therein where public questions are considered and discussed, lectures delivered, and even dancing and other social diversions indulged in, so that, all in all, the taxpayers now receive the largest possible returns from their investment. This new departure in the use of our school properties tends to emphasize the social, ethical and political sides of man's nature and, by bringing him into closer contact with his neighbors, promotes fraternity and patriotism.
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