The Bill Of The Virginia Assembly, By Thomas Jefferson Essay example

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In the preamble to his 1778 “Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge” submitted to the Virginia assembly, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth, that, possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes” (qtd. in Boyd 526). In establishing what would later become public education, Thomas Jefferson envisioned a system where all citizens would acquire the skills necessary to contribute to our democracy and our society as a whole. Although most would likely agree with Jefferson’s assertion, an issue that is difficult to be agreed upon is how we should achieve Jefferson’s vision for what public education should be. As of 2010, the Common Core State Standards Initiative has caused controversy across the country, which leads us to search…

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