reaks of light were visible above the eastern horizon.
Neither Plato in his perfect republic nor Sir Thomas More in his ideal state had ever dreamed of such a thing as the American common school, where every child, the poorest as well as the richest, girl as well as boy, can claim, not as a charity, but as a right, the possession of the keys of all knowledge; and for the support of which a first mortgage is held on every cent of the accumulations of every childless millionaire.
The law of 1642, while recognizing to the full parental responsibility, suggested not only the viciousness of indolence and the educative office of labor, but just as plainly indicated the state ownership of the child and its responsibility for him.
Horace Mann had not yet formulated his three famous propositions on which the common school system of Massachusetts rests:
That the successive generations of men, taken collectively, constitute one great commonwealth.
That the property of