The idea of public education available to all seems so “time-honored” that most people never dare to question it.

How did this notion get started? Thomas Jefferson, realizing that a democracy required an educated populace, advocated the idea in his “Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.”

Jefferson, himself a college dropout, was nonetheless a brilliant and inventive person with enormous curiosity and a mind that was constantly busy inventing things. He invented: the swivel chair, the spherical sundial, the cipher wheel, the “Great Clock” and the moldboard plow. He improved upon designs and installed in his home: a camera obscura, a portable copying press, a dumbwaiter, a polygraph, automatic double doors, a unique revolving bookstand and a Windsor chair for improved reading.

He was vitally interested in architecture, agriculture, philosophy, mathematics, writing, all natural sciences, cookery and travel. And of course he was passionate about FREEDOM.

Would he love and approve of the Hamilton Learning Foundation’s revolutionary idea of freedom in a self-directed, self-paced, prepared comprehensive interactive environment? What do you think?

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