Thomas Jefferson and School Choice

Thomas Jefferson, like many of the Founders, envisioned a future America with a universal system of education. Universal education -- of a sort -- has been achieved in the 20th century, mostly through a wide network of public primary schools, but would Jefferson have approved of today's educational model or its results? The key to an American educational revival will be a return to the principles that guided visionary founders like Thomas Jefferson. Only through school choice -- charter schools, vouchers and online classes -- can the founders' vision for educated republican citizens be restored over the retrograde wishes of those benefited by the entrenched education system. Universal public education might have been achieved for K-12 students, but dismal results in both basic academics and civic literacy show that the system must be retooled to provide students with the skills and attributes they will need to succeed in a competitive global economy and make wise decisions about laws...(Read Full Article)

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