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Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education
Liberty and Learning The Evolution of American Education Author:Larry P. Arnn America's Founders held education to be one of the highest importance, both to free government and to individual happiness. In 1787 the Northwest Ordinance declared: "Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall ever be encouraged." Two years earlier,... more » Congress had set aside one of 36 sections in every township for the Northwest Territory for the maintenance of schools. At the same time, administrative control of educations was left in the hands of states and localities, in accordance with the idea of limited government and the natural rights principles of the American Revolution.