"Man is the noblest work of God," the acme of creative energy in the world, and the grandest product of cycles of evolutionary progress. While all this is true, still, owing to his exceedingly complex organization and unstable equilibrium, he is very liable to derangements which, unless promptly corrected, rapidly lead to deterioration and decay. This tendency has made the subject of evolving, or developing man's highest powers and noblest characteristics a theme which has received the earnest attention of the greatest philosophers, educators and philanthropists the world has produced since the earliest dawn of civilization.
The kind of education that will best equip the individual for the most complete living and enable him to do the most good in the world has always been a momentous question, but as mind, gains a greater ascendancy over matter, and the forces of nature are called into requisition to do the work
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