Franklin’s wisdom for US: Providing a good education is critical to a happy public and long-lasting nation.
While Benjamin Franklin had less than two years of formal schooling, he understood the importance of a quality education for individuals and the country. He helped establish an academy in Philadelphia and was an advocate of educating blacks and women.
Franklin wrote a pamphlet titled Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania. This proposal was the genesis for establishing the academy that became the University of Pennsylvania.
The pamphlet ends with these words on the goals of education.
Franklin shared with Samuel Johnson the connection of education and goodness.
Franklin’s call to action for US: Ensure public education is properly funded, of high quality, and available to all citizens.
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“The good education of youth has been esteemed by wise men in all ages, as the surest foundation of the happiness both of private families and of commonwealth. Almost all governments have therefore made it a principal object of their attention, to establish and endow with proper revenues, such seminaries of learning, as might supply the succeeding age with men qualified to serve the public with honor to themselves and to their country.”