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October 8, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(15):442. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420150026008

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Among the many things of which the American people are justly proud, there is nothing that takes precedence of the public school system that is now quite general in almost, if not all, the States. In fact, the excellence of the common school is a valuable indicator of the moral and social status of any community. Hence, a belief is general, that a fair common school education for every boy and girl is the best possible preventive of vice, pauperism and crime.

With the spread of intelligence there is a consequent aggregation of people in cities and populous centres, and in the population centres the saying is trite that a disproportionate number of the leaders of enterprise, alike in commercial and professional pursuits is drawn from the men who received their early education in country schools.

The reason usually given for the country boy being able to overtake the one

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