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  1. Dec 2017
    1. the objects of education in the primary schools, whether private or public, in them should be taught reading, writing & numerical arithmetic, the elements of mensuration (useful in so many callings) and the outlines of geography and history

      Thomas Jefferson valued education. By implementing these objects of education, the University grew as a whole and has become what we know it as today. However, this system has become outdated and needed to be reformed, hence the creation of the New Curriculum. It is interesting to reflect on the changes of the University based off of this document. By creating a new outlet of education we are supporting the Thomas Jeffersons view of higher education for the University.

    2. To these should be added the arts, which embellish life, dancing music & drawing; the last more especially, as an important part of military education.

      The Universities ability to not only acknowledge the fine arts but sustain it, is a testament to the true foundation of UVA. To combine the arts with military education builds on the schools articulate educational structure. In addition to the arts and sciences, the arts is an important contributor to the development of the human mind.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. To understand his duties to his neighbours, & country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either.

      I find this quotation interesting compared to education as we know it today. At the University of Virginia we are tested in math and science, history and english. It is an interesting concept that education once included "to understand his duties to his neighbors and country" in the sense that they were being taught good morals in a place where only few were included.

    2. that of proposing a plan for its buildings; and they are of opinion that it should consist of distinct houses or pavilions, arranged at proper distances on each side of a lawn of a proper breadth, & of indefinite extent in one direction at least, in each of which should be a lecturing room with from two to four apartments for the accommodation of a professor and his family: that these pavilions should be united by a range of Dormitories, sufficient each for the accommodation of two students only, this provision being deemed advantageous to morals, to order, & to uninterrupted study;

      What is not mentioned in this quotation describing the building structure, is the whereabouts of the enslaved individuals. Standing on the lawn, the pavilions appear to only be two stories tall. However, when standing from what we now call the gardens, it is obvious that the pavilions are three stories tall while the dormitories have small spaces underneath them as well. Jefferson designed this lay out specifically for the enslaved individuals to reside. The reasoning behind this was so that there would not be a disturbance for the white, male students and professors when looking out across grounds. By not mentioning this fact, it is obvious that the enslaved individuals were hidden from the universities appearance depict their crucial role in its making.