Happy Birthday

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

– George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

  1. commenter

    “Yes the government can help, but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic. It goes back to the time of industrialization of America when people came off the farms where they did home-school or have the little neighborhood school, and into these big factories, so we built equal factories called public schools.”

    Rick Santorum, February 2012

  2. jmiller

    I’ve got another scary quote from Santorum: “What we should be teaching are the problems and holes and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution. And what we need to do is to present those fairly from a scientific point of view. And we should lay out areas in which the evidence supports evolution and the areas in the evidence that does not.” A veritable font of ignorance, that Rick.

    And who could ever forget this hit: “The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.”

    I hope to the FSM, the GOP runs this loon for President.

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