Excerpt from Survey of the State of Education, Aristocratic and Popular, and of the General Influences of Morality and Religion, 1838 Before you can rectify the disorders of e State, you must examine the character of the people - Voltaire. If you would preserve your republican, Instruction, and urish the tree of Liberty, diffuse Intelligence among the people. - Common Scare. In sending before the public the following treaties on the subject of National and popular Education; taken from the late work of E. L. Bulwar; - the publishers are aware that they may be considered by some as enthusiasts. In assuming the task, however, we ackwledge its magnitude; but, instead of being intimidated we are from this fact the more embolden to consummate to a successful issue the principles there laid down; Former success in the accomplishment of great events, induces a hope, that by the same perseverance, like causes may produce like events, and those difficulties which at first, present themselves, will soon vanish and the cheering prospect will present itself, requiring thing but energy of character to accomplish it. Who can look back to the period, the glorious period, when our forefathers, bending under the injustice and cruelties of a British King, took upon themselves the responsibility, of declaring us free and Independent; and how many were they, who deemed them enthusiasts in the cause of Liberty. Yet those acts of the Patriot, by a union of thought and action, accomplished their resolves - and thus were we rendered free. Then, with the same union of thought and action, let us persevere in these plans of general education, and that Liberty, earned by the sacrifice of so much blood and treasure, will be preserved. At the adoption of our Federal Government, our Institutions as they w are, were in advance of the intelligence of the people. It was an evil felt and deplored by the framers of our Constitution. To remedy this evil their hopes were firm, in the wisdom of the future - Has that hope been realized) Has our government - a government emenating from the people, acting on the people, supported and protected by the people, ever yet acted on this important measure? Will the American statesmen sit with folded arms, whilst other governments, governments t of the people, are marching with rapid strides in the pursuit of education? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.