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As the Twig is Bent

After a lecture by the late Chicago educator, Francis Wayland Parker, a woman asked: “How early can I begin the education of my child?” “When will your child be born?” asked Parker. “Born?” she replied. “Why, he is already five years old!” “My goodness, woman,” he cried, “don’t stand here talking to me—hurry home; already you have lost the best five years!” (1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching)