ERIC Number: ED120097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Thomas Jefferson and the Education of a New Nation. Fastback 73, Bicentennial Series.
Wagoner, Jennings L., Jr.
Although Thomas Jefferson was not an educator, his concern with issues relating to education raised controversy during the founding years of the United States and these issues continue to be topics of serious debate today. Some are the relationship between public and private education, school administration, equal opportunity for education, and social reform through education. Jefferson's fundamental educational question was the nature and role of education in a new nation committed to principles of liberty and quality. The educational needs in the new United States as viewed by Jefferson are reflected in the education he obtained while becoming a statesman, his political activity, his acceptance of the Doctrine of Natural Rights, his perception of the role of education in a free society, and his establishment of the University of Virginia. Jefferson's educational contributions lie in the realm of the "why" of teaching, rather than the "how", and in initiating discussion of several controversial issues. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Colonial History (United States), Democracy, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Nationalism, Social Change, Social Problems
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Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.