Happy 4th of July! I hope you are somewhere enjoying this wonderful national holiday and taking time to celebrate our independence. Our founding fathers had much to say about the importance of education to preserve our liberty. I thought I’d share a few inspiring quotes for you, along with a terrific 3-minute video on the history of Independence Day.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. — Thomas Jefferson
“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” – Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, (A)nd if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” – Thomas Jefferson
“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.” – Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779