The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36
Bearing of the Subject Upon the Education of the People
Bearing of the Subject Upon the Education of the People.
Some paper has sneeringly alluded to this proposed amendment as; a measure of temperance reform for posterity. Chiefly so it is; and! all the voices of humanity cry out for its adoption. All thinking men admit that the condition of posterity depends upon intelligence and virtue, and these are transmitted and developed by the educational institutions and processes of the country, of which by far the most important is the common school; and over that alone has the Government any control. Contrast for a moment the means of education in virtue and intelligence with those which exist for the promotion of vice and crime and misery in this country, and then let those sneer who will at a measure which aims to save posterity from the fate which, if there is no reform, will overtake us in national life, just as surely as the time finally comes when the individual inebriate, whether in the horrors of delirium or the stupidity of the consumed sot, drops into the tomb of despair.
The census of 1870 shows that there are in the United States 141,629 schools, with 221,042 teachers, and 7,209,938 pupils who attend in the aggregate—the average is less—costing $95.402,826, Of these, 125,059 are public schools, with 183,198 teachers, 6,228,060 pupils, costing $64,030,673 yearly.
|Schools, colleges, etc., in Pennsylvania||16,090|
|Professors and teachers||18,783|
|Pupils and students, etc., in regular attendance||542,076|
|Cost for educational purposes in Pennsylvania||$8,399,723|
|Drinking-places in Pennsylvania||23,606|
|Persons employed in liquor shops||45,490|
|Tipplers and drunkards||802,604|
|Direct cost of liquors in Pennsylvania||$80,000,000,000|
More than nine times as much money spent to destroy as there is to save "posterity" by these two systems. And again he says:
Though within the last twenty years our teachers have increased from 25 to per cent, and pupils attending school more than 50 per cent., yet crime has increased more than 60 per cent.
Rather a hard look for "posterity;" and if there is no change, "posterity" better not be there.