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ELEMENTARY

PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION.

GENERAL View.

The preliminary points to be considered in this general view are, 1. The definition of the word Education; 2. The perfectibility of mankind; 3. The little success which has hitherto attended Education; 4. The singleness of the human species ;-and, 5. The usefulness of Education.

As to the definition of Education, I think it necessary to state, that I intend to introduce in this volume several topics which are not generally considered as falling under Education in the common acceptation of the word, merely denoting instruction in literature and accomplishments ; I use this term as embracing every means which can be made to act upon the vegetative, affective, and intellectual constitution of man,

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