One of the founding principles of the United States is public education.
We fought a bloody revolution against England for many reasons, but chief among them was to create a society where all people could be educated.
Certainly we had disagreements about who counted as a person. Women? Probably not. Black people? Doubtful. But the ideal of providing a quality education for all was a central part of our fledgling Democracy regardless of how well we actually lived up to it.
In fact, without it, our system of self-government just wouldn’t work. A functioning Democracy, it was thought, couldn’t exist in a nation where the common person was ignorant. We needed everyone to be knowledgeable and enlightened.
That’s why we have public schools – so that an educated citizenry will lead to a good government.
Our founders didn’t want a system of private schools each teaching students…
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