April 27, 2012 By D. DiFrancesco
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
For all of his faults, Thomas Jefferson was a huge proponent of free public education up through and including university education. He viewed educating the populace as one of, if not the most important safeguards to preserving our democracy.
Why is it then that education is always one of the first things that gets put on the chopping block when budget discussions occur.
1786 August 13. (to George Wythe) "I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness...Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance."
For the first time in our history, our children are receiving less of an education than previous generations did. In a country as great as ours, this is an absolute disgrace.
If you want to see examples of this, you need to look no further than this weeks headlines. Contained within you will find examples of our nations educational system being used as a pawn for political gain, and in some cases profit.
The Washington Post reports, House approves student loan plan; White House vows veto over health fund depletion, Please tell me how bankrupting college students before they even get to truly contribute to society is in this nations best interest! What we are looking at is the Republican Party tying their student loan plan to an attempt to destroy the President's health care initiative.