August 29th, 1852

I’ve blogged about This Date, From Henry David Thoreau’s Journal blog before on my other blog, but I enjoyed todays entry so much I had to share it with the UMW community.

We boast that we belong to the Nineteenth Century, and are making the most rapid strides of any nation. But consider how little this village does for its own culture. We have a comparatively decent system of common schools, schools for infants only, as it were, but, excepting the half-starved Lyceum in the winter, no school for ourselves. It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men.

Funny how some things haven’t changed in the 150 years since Thoreau wrote those words. I also could not help but connect it to Barbara Ganley, who is exploring the idea of “uncommon schools” as we speak.

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