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No right to literacy?

July 10, 2018

Though literacy was lower when our nation was founded and the push for public schools still in its salad days, I suspect those Enlightenment men will be turning over in their graves at the latest court ruling from Michigan denying any minimum standard to public schools there. Texas is in need of such lawsuit, though it would have no more chance of prevailing here. I am reminded of one of the causes that was listed in the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico:

It [the Mexican government] has failed to establish any public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resources, (the public domain,) and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government.

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