Forgotten Wisdom


President  Adams on Education in 1785

John Adams, our second president, who served in the executive office from 1797 to 1801, was an early American proponent of public education.

“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”

– John Adams, September 10, 1785

I think funding by charitable corporations and foundations can fall under this preclusion, as well. Perhaps we should get back to our roots…

Related topics: Education Policy

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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