The works of Thomas Chalmers, Volume 17

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Page 171 - ... was wholly, or even principally paid by it, he would soon learn to neglect his business. In Scotland the establishment of such parish schools has taught almost the whole common people to read, and a very great proportion of them to write and account. In England the establishment of charity schools has had an effect of the same kind, though not so universally, because the establishment is not so universal.
Page 214 - ... children their duty towards God, their parents, and their country : to perform the duties of marrying, baptizing, and burying ; and particularly to initiate children in the first principles of religion and morality : and to cause them to communicate...
Page 170 - A private teacher could never find his account in teaching, either an exploded and antiquated system of a science acknowledged to be useful, or a science universally believed to be a mere useless and pedantic heap of sophistry and nonsense. Such systems, such sciences, can subsist no where, but in those incorporated societies for education whose prosperity and revenue are in a great measure independent of their reputation, and altogether independent of their industry.
Page 170 - They have little time to spare for education. -Their parents can scarce afford to maintain them even in infancy. As soon as they are able to work, they must apply to some trade by which they can earn their subsistence. That trade too is generally so simple and uniform as to give little exercise to the understanding ; while, at the same time, their labour is both so constant and so severe, that it leaves them little leisure and less inclination to apply to, or even to think of anything else.
Page 195 - ... wherever we have a certain legal provision for the ministrations of Christianity, there we have an Establishment of Christianity in the land. It is this which forms the essence of an Establishment...
Page 170 - For a very small expense the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education. " The public can facilitate this acquisition, by establishing in every parish or district a little school, where children may be taught for a reward so moderate, that even a common labourer may afford it ; the master...
Page 169 - The endowments of schools and colleges have necessarily diminished more or less the necessity of application in the teachers. Their subsistence, so far as it arises from their salaries, is evidently derived from a fund altogether independent of their success and reputation in their particular...
Page 170 - Were there no public institutions for education, a gentleman, after going through, with application and abilities, the most complete course of education which the circumstances of the times were supposed to afford, could not come into the world completely ignorant of every thing which is the common subject of conversation among gentlemen and men of the world.
Page 122 - ... access to his heart. Even the hardiest and most hopeless in vice cannot altogether withstand this influence ; and at times, in their own domestic history, there are opportunities whether by sickness, or disaster, or death, which afford a mighty advantage to the Christian kindness that is brought to bear upon them.
Page 174 - There was now a general decay of Students, no College having more Scholars therein than hardly those of the foundation ; no volunteers at all, and only persons pressed, in a manner, by their places to reside.

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