Education, in the present age, means both literacy and scientific education. But so numerous are the various branches of learning, both literary and scientific, that it is impossible for even a man of the most capacious intellect remain tolerable to be familiar with all of them. the scope of human knowledge in any of these branches is expanded to such an extent that it might take the long life research of a nature gifted man to master it thoroughly. Modern education, therefore, means a general knowledge of many things and a special knowledge of one or two popular branches of study. It is our tastes and natural aptitudes with decide which branch we are best fitted to specialize.
So by knowing something of everything, we affect a harmonious development of all our intellectual and moral faculties. Poetry chastens our thoughts, and purifies and elevates our soul. Philosophy gives us an insight into the true meaning of life and makes us reflective and serious. History widens our knowledge of the human race and broadens our sympathies. Logic trains our reasoning faculties and broadens our sympathies. Logic trains our reasoning faculties and guards us against the fantasies of loose thinking. Mathematics gives accuracy to our thoughts and elevates the mind by giving us an idea of the infinite. The Physical Science-chemistry, Botany, Physiology, Zoology, and quite a number of them give us a knowledge of the laws and processes that regulate the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms and thus impress our minds with a knowledge of the laws and processes that regulate the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms and thus impress our minds with a knowledge of the grandeur and wisdom of providence that are manifest in every natural phenomena. Each of these departments of knowledge is more or less intimately connected with every other.
It is, therefore, foolish to try to extol any one of these branches of knowledge to the detriment of another. All knowledge is one, dust as the human mind, which grasp the various branches of it, is one. Each branch of study supplements the other, and each renders us substantial help in attaining to a comprehensive understanding of the whole.