Educating Young Patriots

in Making Patriots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044378
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044514 | DOI:
Educating Young Patriots

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This chapter focuses on the evolution of the education policy of America. Thomas Jefferson proposed the teaching of John Locke's treatises and Algernon Sidney's discourses on government, as well as other works promoting the general principles of liberty and the rights of man, in nature and in society. The main aim was to secure the republican government in America by ensuring that students be thoroughly schooled in its first principles. To inculcate love for the country, he proposed that young boys and girls, irrespective of wealth, birth, or other accidental condition or circumstance, be educated at public expense. According to him, liberal education in “reading, writing, and common arithmatick,” followed by the reading of “Graecian, Roman, English, and American history,” would enable them to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens.

Keywords: education policy; America; republican government; liberal education

Chapter.  5402 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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