~ George Washington, letter to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, 1789
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”
~ John Adams, April 26, 1777
"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, 'just men who will rule in the fear of God.'"
~ Noah Webster, Advice to the Young, History of the United States 1833
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
~ Benjamin Franklin
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? They are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."
~ Thomas Jefferson, 2nd Presidential Inaugural Address
In its most extreme form, national control of curriculum is a form of national control of ideas.
~ Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Carter Administration
To conquer a nation without the use of military force, you must first control the minds of their young.
~ Karl Marx
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
~ Abraham Lincoln
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.