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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

Admit the Wrong, and Change the System

Admit the Wrong, and Change the System.

After so much fault-finding with the existing system of common schools, it is not out of the way to ask what system is proposed in exchange. My object is not to propose plans and systems, but to argue that the present one is radically wrong, and needs amendment. Until the American people admit the failure of the system as it now is, no change need be looked for. Once admitted, they will be quick to bring about a change. They will either throw education directly and compulsorily on parents, paying only for those unable to pay for themselves, or they will so broaden the system that all can come under it without the sacrifice of conscientious rights. This plunging into Secularism is only the cowardice of the politician who fears to face the consequences of sound logic, commonsense, equal rights, parental prerogatives, and a secretly nourished hatred and conspiracy against the Catholic Church. To put off justice in deference to the expediency of the hour, is the way of the politician; the page 58 statesman announces his principles, and stands or falls by them. Truth is old; it is ever new; it endures forever.