The Role Of Thomas Jefferson In Education

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Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia. Jefferson had a father, Peter Jefferson, and a mother named Jane Randolph. “His father Peter Jefferson was a successful planter and surveyor and his mother Jane Randolph a member of one of Virginia 's most distinguished families” (Monticello) Jefferson was married to Martha Wayles Skelton for 10 years until she died. Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson did a lot of great things for our country, but this paper is about his role he played in for education.
Thomas Jefferson attended Reverend William Douglas Latin grammar school. This school made him study French, Latin, and Greek. When Jefferson turned fourteen, he started attending the school on Reverend James Marry. He continued to learn Latin and Greek here which was needed for admission to College of William and Mary. “Thomas Jefferson first came to Williamsburg to attend William & Mary in March 1760.” (William and Mary) He was seventeen years old when he started attending College of William and Mary. Thomas studied physics,
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In 1777, Thomas made the Virginia Act for Establishing religious Freedom. “It took nine years for Virginia’s General Assembly to pass the act because of strong opposition” (Gutek, P. 49) Patrick Henry was the one who lead the strong opposition. Henry wanted distributed tax funds to all the Christian churches in Virginia. Thomas’s views on religious freedom has implication implication for what today is known as the separation of church and state. He believed that public schools should not instill the beliefs and doctrine of religious denomination. A lot of republic’s founders thought like Jefferson when it came to separation of church and state. However, Benjamin Rush was not one of those people. Rushed believed that the nation’s origin and purpose reflected

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