“I regard it as a great error to
require a child to study what his
mind is not capable of appreciating.
The tendency is to diminish his
fondness for study; to give him a
vague way of thinking, since he is
not accustomed to see the precise
point; and by overtasking the mind,
his health both of body and mind
—Letter from Thomas “Stonewall”
Jackson to his sister
regarding the education of her son.