Thomas Jefferson on Education
By: Ryan Strober
Quick Facts About Thomas Jefferson
- Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743
- Jefferson Died on July 4, 1826 (The 50th Anniversary of the Deceleration of Independence. (John Adams also died on the same day as Jefferson, (within 5 hours)
- Served as President of the United States from March 4, 1801 until March 3, 1809 (2 full terms)
- Wrote the Deceleration of Independence in 1776.
What did Jefferson have to do with Education?
Thomas Jefferson attended College in Williamsburg, Virginia at the College of William and Mary. Jefferson always thought school was so important but when he went to college he saw that other people at the school didn't take it as seriously as him as this made him frustrated. Jefferson took his schooling seriously and thought it was very important for all to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. Jefferson had written his ideas for public education in his book called “Notes of the State of Virginia” where he proposed a plan for the public school system. Jefferson proposed a plan for a system of limited state public education for boys only, no girls allowed.
“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ― Thomas Jefferson
A school in Kansas is lacking textbooks and students arent able to have their own. They have to share or make photocopies. Some classes only have one book and the teacher has to make copies so each student can do the assignment.
Jefferson believed that each person should learn how to read write and learn math. He made it important to make his point and never give up on his dream.
William and Mary College
Jefferson attended William and Mary College for two years.