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  1. Nov 2017
    1. Untill this preparatory provision shall be made, either the university will be overwhelmed with the Grammar school or a separate establishment under one or more ushers for its lower classes will be advisable, at a mile or two distance from the general one: where too may be exercised the stricter government necessary for young boys, but unsuitable for youths arrived at years of discretion.

      I found this addition to the document intriguing and slightly amusing because Jefferson labels maturity and independence as a "preparatory provision," which I have a difficult believing would guarantee standard readiness for college. Furthermore, it was interesting that Jefferson planned on establishing another institute at a level of education below the university, similar to a high school, though from my 21st century perspective, I disagree with the promise of education to boys and men exclusively.

    2. Education, in like manner engrafts a new man on the native stock, & improves what in his nature was vicious & perverse, into qualities of virtue and social worth

      This statement resonates with me because while I agree that education is the key to becoming informed, contributing members of society, it also leaves me unsettled because of the implicit, colonialist tone of the sentence. Does Jefferson mean to imply that any individual without an education does not posses "qualities of virtue" or "social worth"? Additionally, I believe Jefferson forgets that education, though necessary, is a privilege and therefore, not accessible to all.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. Glebes

      The definition of a glebe is, "the cultivable land owned by a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice." Although Thomas Jefferson specifically centered UVa around the Rotunda, a library, rather than a church, to place emphasis on education separated from religion, the truth is that our university will inherently be inseparable from the Protestant donations contributing to UVa's founding.

    2. visitors

      It is probable that this mention of "visitors" refers to the Board of Visitors which would direct and continues to direct the decisions--including policies and budget--of the university. Though there has been much controversy surrounding the Board of Visitors of UVa in recent years, the fact that these "visitors" existed at the founding of the university suggests that the current Board continues to uphold traditional, outdated values.