"RELIGION, MORALITY AND KNOWLEDGE BEING NECESSARY TO GOOD GOVERNMENT AND THE HAPPINESS OF MANKIND, SCHOOLS AND THE MEANS OF EDUCATION SHALL FOREVER BE ENCOURAGED."—Ordinance of 1787.
WORK THAT ENDURES
If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten to all eternity. ~ Daniel Webster
From Course of Study and Manual of Methods, 1914
My how times have changed! The above public domain book has some helpful reading lists and other educational guides for grades one through eight.