Jefferson, like many of the Founders, pinned the fate of American democracy on an educated public. Here is one of his lesser known comments, taken from a letter to John Adams: “I have great hope that some patriotic spirit will… call it up and make education the keystone of the arch of our government.”
This week, just such patriotic spirits have launched an effort to fulfill Jefferson’s wish by amending the Constitution to guarantee the right to a high quality education to all American students. Other nations have such a right — but, more than two centuries after Jefferson, America does not.
I’m glad to be working with the folks at Our Education who seek to give voice to students across America in matters that affect their — and our nation’s — future.
And, I encourage readers to go to their website — both to sign the petition if young enough and support the effort if you are older.