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A. Caswell Ellis
(4 May 1871 - 9 Oct 1948)

American philosopher of education who joined the University of Texas faculty in 1897 as adjunct professor of pedagogy. From 1908 to 1926 he served as professor of educational philosophy, and he also directed the university’s extension services in 1911–13 and 1914–16. Ellis was a Democrat and a leading spokesman for prohibition and woman suffrage across the state.

Science Quotes by A. Caswell Ellis (1 quote)

Horace Mann vividly pictures the power of education in his statement about the savage and transportation. Modifying his statement, it can be said: The savage can fasten only a dozen pounds on his back and swim the river. When he is educated enough to make an axe, fell a tree, and build a raft, he can carry many times a dozen pounds. As soon as he learns to rip logs into boards and build a boat, he multiplies his power a hundredfold; and when to this he adds mathematics, chemistry, physics, and other modern sciences he can produce the monster steel leviathans that defy wind, storm, and distance, and bear to the uttermost parts of the earth burdens a millionfold greater than the uneducated savage could carry across the narrow river.
— A. Caswell Ellis
In 'The Money Value of Education', Department of the Interior Bureau of Education Bulletin (1917), No. 22, 11.
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