Matt Manweller

The Coming Crisis in Citizenship

Originally published online in July 2007 at the Washington Policy Center.

Thomas Jefferson was blunt when he talked about the role of education in a free society. He said,

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Because Americans, in general, accept Jefferson’s admonition, we invest considerable time, effort, and money in our system of public education.

In return, we hope that our schools will teach children the basic facts about our history, government and economic system, preparing the next generation to be good citizens.