ERIC Number: ED166776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Education.
Wagoner, Jennings L., Jr.
Thomas Jefferson considered the founding of the University of Virginia one of the most important accomplishments of his life. So revered is Jefferson today that one might assume that Virginia legislators enthusiastically supported his suggestions for the founding of the university. Rather, his suggestions were resisted and it was necessary for him to negotiate and to promote his proposals for many years before the school could open. Jefferson envisioned the University of Virginia as an institution where every branch of science might be taught "in its highest degree." In 1814, Jefferson became a member of the board of trustees of the proposed Albemarle Academy. It was not until 1816 that he could convince Virginia legislators to approve a change to plans for a state college. The second battle centered around the choice of site. It was not until January 1819, after heated debate, that the legislature approved Jefferson's plan for what was now to be a university. Another six years, marked by financial difficulties and legislative battles, passed before the university opened. Jefferson's experiences with the founding of the university serve as a reminder to educators that worthwhile struggles are seldom easily won and political considerations are never absent. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Legislation, Higher Education, Political Issues, Politics, State Legislation, Universities
Not available separately--see EA 011 280
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.