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  1. Nov 2017
    1. all the social relations under which he shall be placed.

      This line is quite interesting for its emphasis on the social relationships of the student as an important concept to consider when pursuing higher education. Even though America is based on mostly individualistic ideals, this document outlined multiple goals that seem to balance both individual values and societal duties. It's quite impressive, especially considering how this value attribution is still a hot sociological and philosophical debate right now.

    2. we have proposed no professor of Divinity

      This proposal caught my attention because it's extremely different from the religious environment during that period. From a bit of research on American religion, there seems to be great religious energy from 1700s onwards over Christianity. Early higher institutions often also have religious backgrounds. It surprises me that not only did UVA not adopt a religious background, but also didn't appoint a professor dedicated to this study. It seems to be a progressive act to combine divinity and religion into the subject of ethics. Even though the language itself implied strong indication of Christian faith, the actual decision is a step away from the common religious beliefs during that time period.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. Education generates habits of application, order and the love of virtue; and controuls, by the force of habit, any innate obliquities in our moral organization.

      This is a really interesting sentence. In context of this paper, this is well-substantiated from the latter arguments. However, when viewing it from a modern perspective, it's ironic that most of the arguments that's presented is actually based on assumptions stemmed from the "innate obliquities" in the moral application. On the other hand, this statement of education is still quite liberating and stands true even today, as education is exactly the spark that provokes changes in the general assumptions towards equality and human rights, and is still regarded as the most effective method of combating inequalities that still exist.

    2. was the degree of centrality to the white population of the state which alone then constituted the important point of comparison between these places

      This sentence is, to me, one of the most explicit statements of racial discrimination that I found in this paragraph. Not only does this sentence re-emphasize the earlier point about how the school should be placed in the center of the white popularity, the wording of this passage also puts this as the most important aspect of the university's location. Earlier on, the idea of centrality is brought up as one of the three different characteristics that the ideal location should hold, but here the discrimination is more pronounced as it seems that the proximity to white population is the deciding factor in finalizing their pick.