Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lengthen Paid Public Education!

There are few things, if any, that are a better investment for this country than our children’s education. It is time to provide the first two years of college or trade school at no cost and paid by the taxpayer.

Public education in this country evolved over time. At the founding of the country, every family was on its own. The country’s’ economy was primarily agrarian and farming was not too scientific with little mechanization. As the country developed and modernized, its economy became more complex and required more skills. In 1647, the general court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony mandated elementary schools to serve all and to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.

“In 1820, Boston is the site of the first public U.S. high school. And in 1827, a Massachusetts law makes all grades of public school free to all. Massachusetts innovation continues with the state’s first Board of Education formed in 1837, headed by Horace Mann. And in 1851, Massachusetts makes education compulsory.” The History Bug, History of Public Schools.

Over the last 192-years, the world has gotten more complex and skills not existing 25-years ago are now mandatory in most manufacturing industries. The world is more competitive then ever. Much of the rest of the world is developing a middle class that is in competition with our economy.

Because of this natural evolution, it is time to take the necessary steps to assure our country's success for decades and centuries to come.

1 comment:

Oz7 said...

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This is a sensible idea coming from of the state of both U.S. Presidential candidates. Why not put our money where our mouth is?