Great Public Education is the Best Foundation

There is no better foundation for a safe, healthy and prosperous community than great public education.  


Although financially supported primarily by state and local governments, the federal government is also involved in public education.  There are four major reasons why the federal government became involved in education:

■ to promote democracy;

■ to ensure equality of educational opportunity;

■ to enhance national productivity; and

■ to strengthen national defense. 


The well-spoken, passionate words of many Americans express the inherent, strong commitment to a well-educated society.


"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
- Anna Berkes, March 30, 2010

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
—Thomas Jefferson to C. Yancey, 1816.

“No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness ... Preach ... a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of misgovernment].”
—Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe, 1786.

“The tax which will be paid for [the] purpose [of education] 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.”
—Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe, 1786.


"A child miseducated is a child lost."
—John F. Kennedy

"When I was a boy on the Mississippi River  there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built."
—Mark Twain


"Education is the vaccine for violence"
—Edward James Olmas, actor

"There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny... It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape."
—Tom Brokaw


"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
—James Madison