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Knowledge is Power 1597-1817-2015

Knowledge is Power 1597-1817-2015

1817-2015 My hopes however are kept in check by the ordinary character of our state legislatures, THE MEMBERS OF WHICH DO NOT GENERALLY POSSESS INFORMATION ENOUGH TO PERCIEVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS SAFETY, AND THAT KNOWLEDGE IS HAPPINESS.”

Thomas Jefferson , 25 November 1817
Pearl Rains Hewett, 11 November 2015

How many times in the last 198 years have our legislators been guilty of not possessing enough information to perceive the important truths?

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Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It

www.usnews.com/…/pelosipass-health-refor…
U.S. News & World Report

Mar 9, 2010 – Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It … Add House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the list. Speaking Tuesday to the 2010 …
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79. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson put forth a bill that has become one of his most enduring works on the subject of education: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:

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Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms,

those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny;

AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF PREVENTING THIS WOULD BE, TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE,

AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS, WHICH HISTORY EXHIBITETH, THAT, POSSESSED THEREBY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER AGES AND COUNTRIES, THEY MAY BE ENABLED TO KNOW AMBITION UNDER ALL ITS SHAPES, AND PROMPT TO EXERT THEIR NATURAL POWERS TO DEFEAT ITS PURPOSES;

And whereas it is generally true that that people will be happiest whose laws are best, and are best administered, and that laws will be wisely formed, and honestly administered, in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance; but the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating, at their own expence, those of their children whom nature hath fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, it is better that such should be sought for and educated at the common expence of all, than that the happiness of all should be confided to the weak or wicked:
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The Bill was presented in the House of Delegates in 1778 and 1780, but was not passed; James Madison presented the bill several more times to the state legislature while Jefferson was serving in Paris as Minister to France. A much-revised version was finally passed into law in 1796 AS AN “ACT TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS.”2
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Federal Role in Education – US Department of Education

www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed
United States Department of Education

Feb 13, 2012 – This page discusses the role of the U.S. Department, providing a … About ED OVERVIEW. The Federal Role in Education Overview. Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United …. Welcome to ED.gov …

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The Federal Role in Education 2011-2012
EDUCATION IS PRIMARILY A STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation.

THE STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION FINANCE IN AMERICA REFLECTS THIS PREDOMINANT STATE AND LOCAL ROLE.
OF AN ESTIMATED $1.15 TRILLION BEING SPENT NATIONWIDE ON EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012, A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY WILL COME FROM STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE SOURCES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY LEVEL, WHERE ABOUT 87.7 PERCENT OF THE FUNDS WILL COME FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES.
That means the FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION TO ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION IS ABOUT 10.8 PERCENT, WHICH INCLUDES FUNDS NOT ONLY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED)
BUT ALSO FROM OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, SUCH AS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES’ HEAD START PROGRAM AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM.
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EDUCATION IS PRIMARILY A STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enabling-act-february-22-1889/
Mar 9, 2014 – The beneficiaries of Washington’s trust lands are enumerated in the state’s Enabling Act and Constitution. They include Commons Schools, …
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The Federal Role in Education?
PER SENATOR CANTWELL SEPT. 2015
“THE EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT” (ECAA) MAKES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SOME OF “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’S” EDUCATIONS MOST ONEROUS PROVISIONS.
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Behind My Back | Educations Most Onerous Provisions

www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/…/educationsmostonerousprovision

Sep 14, 2015 – Educations Most Onerous Provisions. ————————————— ONEROUS by definition (of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an …

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Every Child Achieves Act: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

www.americanprinciplesinaction.org/…/everychildachievesact-a-wolf-i

Jul 1, 2015 – American Principles In Action has just released a list of 21 reasons to oppose the Every Child Achieves Act. You can read it below or download …
The Every Child Achieves Act – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
No Child Left Behind Rewrite Will Drive a National Education Agenda The following is a nonexhaustive list of fatal problems with the bill.
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1. The Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) is 792 pages, 122 pages (20%) longer than No Child Left Behind (NCLB) — hardly a move in the right direction.
The bottom line…
THE “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND” REWRITE WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE ONEROUS NATIONAL COMMON CORE EDUCATION AGENDA UNDER THE NEW NAME “EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES ACT (ECAA)”

And, it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth, that, possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes;
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79. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-02-02-0132-0004-0079

Feb 2, 2001 – Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of …

As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson put forth a bill that has become one of his most enduring works on the subject of education: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:
Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny;
and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth, that, possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes;
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Knowledge is power (Quotation)
This phrase is often attributed to Francis Bacon, in his Meditationes Sacrae (1597).[1]
Thomas Jefferson used the phrase at least twice:
“this last establishment will probably be within a mile of Charlottesville, and four from Monticello, if the system should be adopted at all by our legislature who meet within a week from this time,

My hopes however are kept in check by the ordinary character of our state legislatures, THE MEMBERS OF WHICH DO NOT GENERALLY POSSESS INFORMATION ENOUGH TO PERCIEVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS, THAT KNOLEGE IS POWER, THAT KNOLEGE IS SAFETY, AND THAT KNOLEGE IS HAPPINESS.”

– Thomas Jefferson to George Ticknor, 25 November 1817[2]
“All the states but our own are sensible that knolege is power.”
– Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Cabell, 22 January 1820[3]

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