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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
334                   CHURCH REVIEW.

the lives of our children in the same school.  We do this because
we can begin nowhere else. We teach or train our infant babes
to creep or crawl, as we say in home-language  It does not mat-
ter whether we are the parents of Plato or Alexander the Great.
Plato and Alexander went through this freshman class, just as
all other children went through theirs, on hands and knees--a
very primary school, but still a very necessary one, and one that
contains many lessons for useful thought; a school in which we
ought to have learned humility enough to have lasted us through
a long life of youth, manhood, and to old age; a school that
should have taught us dependence upon the world around us, as
above us.  This, our first school, then, was a mere muscular, 
physical arena, where the cat and the dog, and the worm seemed
to be on a dead level with us, and in the same class; and were 
our fellow pupils, and, at times, our playmates. Here is where
all of us had our first kindergarten, and our only lesson, muscle-
training.  That was the first course in the college of human edu- 
cation. We graduate and took the first honors here over the 
dog and the cat, in less than a year and a half, by standing erect
and walking on two feet--a distinction that we have proudly 
worn in all of our families. No family but the human family 
ever graduated a pupil in this degree of walking with his head 
toward the sky. Now, I say, this school, this education is a 
purely physical one, designed only for muscular training  We 
could not do anything else with an infant but put him into this 
  And we wish to make a point here which everyone should
take to himself.  Physical education, muscular training, has
been of great advantage to the worlds The brute creation has
been trained to perform wonders of strength and speed, and by
it they have been made most useful members of our great system
of agriculture and commerce; but the point I wished to make
was this: did you notice, a moment ago, in my description of our;
first kindergarten, that when the infant graduated, it bore off a 
prize and a distinction that no mere animal ever did bear off in 
any training school, viz., to stand erect naturally, and walk with
its head toward the sky? That head toward the sky, in the 
walk of the human infant, means something.  He has lifted that
something above the cat, and the dog, and the worm. That
something is Intellect--a system of faculties, that rise beyond
and above the brute animal. We trained that infant's muscles,
while he was away down in the scale of life, along with the cat
and the dog and other household pets, because we could do
nothing more. But when we saw him stand up above his play-
fellows of other months-when intellect held him above these-
we began another school--a school in which ropes, and levers,
and weights cannot be used as we ha(l to do in teaching the
child to stand, and walk, and jump, and swing, and run, and
leap, We have left this, now, for a while, for the child is no
longer a mere animal or a mere machine of locomotion, guided by 
animal, sensible instincts and impressions. Something new in


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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