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Why Public Education?

There was a time when education throughout the world was primarily a privilege of the wealthy. Fortunately, our founding fathers recognized that the survival of our democracy depended upon an educated citizenry. Perhaps Thomas Jefferson (1820) put it best: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."
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