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  1. Nov 2017
    1. These are the objects of that higher grade of education, the benefits & blessings of which the legislature now propose to provide for the good & ornament of their country the gratification

      When writing this document, the founders seem to have had the idea that education would not simply be for the sake of getting a job in the future or creating a specialized track of study. Education would be for the betterment of the individual as a part of a bigger society. They wanted the University to expand each student’s abilities as an academic person, but also as a member of a knowledgeable community that would help the betterment of the country’s society as a whole.

    2. It is therefore greatly to be wished, that preliminary schools, either on private or public establishment, would be distributed in districts thro the state, as preparatory to the entrance of Students into the University

      It seems interesting that the founders of the school were worried with the distribution of primary schools throughout the district. They’re deciding on this because of what they want the entrance standards to be for the University at this time, and they don’t want rambunctious children attending the school with little grammar and language skills, but it still seems odd that the people writing the University charter would have the power to request primary schools throughout the state. Why are they able to dictate the distribution and content of primary education when they’re actual job is to found a University.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. centrality to the white population of the whole state

      This is the first point in the document where it addresses the fact that UVA would be a University for the White population. It was not uncommon for colleges to be all-white at this point, but the goal of an all-white college seemed to have driven a lot of the decisions for the University as a whole. Even the location of the school, in Charlottesville, was because of the high white population and low black population at the time. Being caught up with the politics of race definitely played a role in a lot of the decisions made at the beginning of the University.

    2. This degree of medical information is such as the mass of scientific students would wish to possess, as enabling them, in their course thro life, to estimate with satisfaction the extent & limits of the aid to human life

      The rhetoric used in this section seems to be attempting to justify the way in which UVA will be teaching medicine at this time. At the beginning of the paragraph the Report admits that most medical institutions need to be attached to a hospital to create the necessary holistic education, and that UVA would not be able to support a hospital system at this time. By saying the "degree of medical information is such as... students would wish to possess" the report is basically saying that even though they will only have one professor teaching both medicine and anatomy, any student wishing to pursue a medical education at UVA will have the same holistic education without the assistance of lectures and doctors at a hospital.