Benjamin Franklin

Lindsey Sewell

Brief Background

Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. He did many other things though that influenced the world today. Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. His scientific activities included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He was also a printer and writer known for his wit and wisdom. Franklin was a polymath who published Poor Richard’s Almanack, invented bifocal glasses and organized the first successful American lending library.
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Educational Changes

Franklin felt that college education should be available to the people of Pennsylvania. It was already available in Connecticut (Yale), Massachusetts (Harvard), and Virginia (William and Mary). He discussed with members of the Junto about his idea. He then wrote a pamphlet called Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania. He recommended that the curriculum focus on basic skills like writing and speaking. In 1749, Franklin was elected the first president of this new Academy, helping to enlist trustees, raise money, rent a house, and hire teachers. The Academy prospered and went on to become the University of Pennsylvania.

Impact on Public Education

One of Franklin's many missions in life was to promote education and make it accessible to others. Franklin's passion for education was and still is inspiring. Many institutions, schools, branches, programs, and more, have been inspired by him and dedicated to him over the years. Franklin is a prime example for people to look up to today.

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