There are three clear legacies of the eighteenth century that bear on education; that is to say, on schooling. The first … is the idea that schooling must be based on understanding the nature of childhood and, in particular, of the different stages through which the young travel on their journey to adulthood. The second … is the idea that an educated populace is a national resources. And the third is the assumption than an educated mind is practiced in the uses of reason, which inevitably leads to a skeptical - one might event say scientific - outlook.

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  1. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century