Essay on The United States And Public Education

851 Words Nov 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The United States Constitution provides the foundation upon which our country’s laws is based. The Constitution provides for the various branches of government, elections and basic federal authority. Public education is not included. The 10th amendment to the Constitution reserves all powers not specifically delegated to the federal government, to the states. Education is soundly within the realm of state authority. The interesting question is what role should the federal government have in public education especially given the lack of constitutional authority?
The notion that an educated populace benefits the country as a whole is not a new one. George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796 delineated many of his recommendations for the future of the country. Among his suggestions was the need for a public education system. Washington instructed future American leaders to “promote… institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” (Washington).
In the US, “informal means of education—such as apprenticeships, charity schools, and church schools—helped fill in the gaps created by the absence of public schools.” (Brackemyre). Every state has a clause in its constitution that “guarantees some form of free public education”. (Parker). Therefore, each state makes the rules and sets up their education system based on their individual…

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