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W. W. Stevenson, writing in The congregationalist and Christian World, on the subject, "What Help May the Public Schools Expect from the Churches," says:—

"No school is worthy of the name unless the children taught therein come to have a sense of their personal community, and national responsibility. The oral and silent instruction of the teacher should help the child to something better than the mastery of text-books if he is to do the work of life worthly.

"Opportunities, open to the teacher in developing right feeling by stimulating love of poetry in the child, acquainting it with the best literature, and by bringing to its attention the deeds and words of the heroes and the great spiritual leaders of the race, show clearly that any scheme of education for the child includes knowledge of the finest portions of the Bible as surely as of any other great literature. A child has a right to know quite as much of the Christ who was born in a stable, cradled in a manger, lived in a peasant's cottage, worked at a carpenter's bench, was so poor that he had not where to lay his head, and yet was heard gladly by common people because he brought life and light into the world, as to be required to learn of the unsavory details of the gods of the so-called heathen nations."

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November 7, 1901

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