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  1. Nov 2017
    1. And generally to form them to habits of reflection, and correct action, rendering them examples of virtue to others & of happiness within themselves.

      I find it interesting that the constructors of UVA believed that one of the objectives of the school should be to build character and instill correct action in the students. It seems as if this University always valued "the honor code" and heavily enforced it from the moment the school opened. Nowadays, the honor code is still enforced. We still abide by the rule to not cheat, lie, or steal. However, instead of being enforced by administration, the honor code is more so enforced by the student body. As UVA students, we all feel the need to abide by the honor code because it's just morally correct. In this case, I feel like we've definitely come along way from the past, and this objective has now turned into a natural habit.

    2. It is supposed probable that a building of somewhat more size in the middle of the grounds may be called for in time, in which may be rooms for religious worship under such impartial regulations as the visitors shall prescribe, for public examinations, for a Library, for the schools of music, drawing, and other associated purposes.

      I find this part of the report very interesting because it reflects upon the fact that unlike most prestigious American universities, this university was not initially built around a church (the chapel being the heart of the university). When I realized this, I was told that the university was built around a library (The Rotunda) rather than a church (The Chapel) because Thomas Jefferson believed in knowledge and wanted the University of Virginia to be a secular university routed in knowledge and wisdom as opposed to religious principles. Today, the University still upholds it's secularity and allows for multiple religious clubs/organizations to be displayed on grounds without specifically acknowledging one religion as more correct over the others.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. At the District schools or colleges boys should be rendered able to read the easier Authors, Latin and Greek. This would be usefull and sufficient for many not intended for an University education

      I think it is very interesting that the importance of learning Latin and Greek is so highly stressed in this report. It's almost as if authors of this report felt that the primary need for constructing district schools was to prepare young boys to be fluent in these two languages before they entered college because as said earlier, Latin and Greek were the foundations of science. Nowadays, district schools, or high schools, serve to educate children in all subject areas and predominantly stress the importance of learning English and Math. Also, Latin and Greek are not as significant now as they were in the time period that this report was written because everything written in these two languages have been translated to English. Now, Latin and Greek are considered "dead languages." I also picked up on the fact that the authors only mentioned boys going to school. Back then, males were the only ones who were allowed to receive an education, but now the University of Virginia is 54% female. It's so ironic that a university built to cater to the needs of men has translated into being dominated by women.

    2. It was the degree of centrality to the white population of the state which alone then constituted the important point of comparison between these places: and the board, after full enquiry & impartial & mature consideration, are of opinion that the central point of the white population of the state is nearer to the central college

      This quote alone shows the heavy impact that racism had specifically on education in this time period. I find it so ironic that a university built entirely by black slaves had the intentions of only educating the white population and took that heavily into consideration when constructing the university. It's also interesting that the university today is still a predominantly white university with only 5.7% black students and 5.3% hispanic/latino students. Even though slavery was abolished many years ago, the university still seems to reflect its founding principle of predominantly educating the white population.