“Enq: That is all very fine as generalities, but I should like a few facts, and to learn also how this can be remedied.
Theo: Very well, I will try and satisfy you. There are three great divisions of scholastic establishments, board, middle-class and public schools, running up the scale from the most grossly commercial to the idealistic classical, with many permutations and combinations.
The practical commercial begets the modern side, and the ancient and orthodox classical reflects its heavy respectability even as far as the School Board pupil teacher’s establishments. Here we plainly see the scientific and material commercial supplanting the effete orthodox and classical. Neither is the reason very far to seek.
The objects of this branch of education are, then, pounds, shillings, and pence, the summum bonum of the XIXth century.
Thus, the energies generated by the brain molecules of its adherents are all concentrated on one point, and are, therefore, to some extent, an organized army of educated and speculative intellects of the minority of men, trained against the hosts of the ignorant, simple-minded masses doomed to be vampirized, lived and sat upon by their intellectually stronger brethren.
Such training is not only untheosophical, it is simply UNCHRISTIAN.
Result: The direct outcome of this branch of education is an over-flooding of the market with money-making-machines, with heartless selfish men – animals – who have been most carefully trained to prey on their fellows and take advantage of the ignorance of their weaker brethren!”
H. P. Blavatsky