All government originates in families, and if neglected there it will hardly exist in society. … The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth. … The education of youth, an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both law and gospel rest for success.
Noah Webster. Cited by Mal Couch,This Great Nation: The Things That Made it Great — and How we Lost Them, pg.102