~ Pros and Cons: A Newspaper Reader’s and Debater’s Guide to the Leading Controversies of the Day, John Bertram Askew, 1899
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“Con: (3) Compulsory Education teaches them enough to be able to read “penny dreadfuls” and other injurious literature, but creates no desire for higher knowledge.”
"Aye. When I was a lad we learned to read by the light of our helmet lamps down the mines…"