Summer 2012Val L HeikeLuther CollegeThomas Jefferson v Ben Franklin’s opinion on a school systemIt is interesting to note the differences of these two learned scholars. Both Mr. Franklin and Mr. Jefferson varied in their opinion of how they viewed a good school should function. Mr. Franklin believed that success was gained from mastering a course of action or subject for a class. Mr. Franklin stern opinion uponthis subject was constant and steadfast and so in a school managed by Mr. Franklin advancement in school would only come after high markers were gained upon every subject. Another opinion might be sufficiently stated that if the rudimentsof a subject were gained then advancement might be obtained. Mr. Franklin thought that individuals where were poor would always be underproductive and that no society improves if it is not productive.Mr. Franklin ‘s school had a autonomy or idea of oneness because in his schools the norm would have been everyone speaking one language there were be no fluency of the thought of norm. One language would have most definitely run afoul with Mr. Franklin’s own school due to the fact that he spoke several languages. The school would teach English, rather than Latin, and devise a curriculum that illustrated scientific and practical skills. (Franklin)It would provide knowledge that would prepare people who could make contributions to society, politics, government, and the occupations and professions. (Franklin) He wanted the school equippedwith laboratories and workshops that contained books, maps, globes, etc., so that students would be aware of the relationships between learning and the environment around them. (Franklin)The teachers would emphasize both practical and ethical elements of the skills and subjects that they taught. (Franklin)Mr. Jefferson thought that boys sons of free men should be educated, Mr. Jefferson didn’t disqualify a boy for the chance to learn simply because he was poor. Doors were open to male children who were free and poor those of wealthy familiesweren’t excluded to going to school. It was interesting that the Jefferson schoolsystem resembled that of a pyramid. The boys who were the smartest always goingon to higher learning. Mr. Jefferson school system was egalitarian.Mr. Jefferson was a free thinker unique and divers who traveled far a field returning to Virginia with different architectural additions that were used when renovating and building on his hoe at Monticello outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.Mr. Jefferson upon the subject of history warrants addition to any subject pertaining to a school system. It was Mr. Jefferson’s adamant believe that history must need be taught as well as instructions in reading and mathematics. It was thebelieve of Mr. Jefferson that in order to view the present or that of the futurethe past must need to taught. Quote” History, by apprizing them of the past, will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualifythem as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.”(Jefferson)Both of our founding fathers of America had different ideas of the roads that education would take, however both have strong ideas to some extent that could ifplace together manipulate the infrastructure of a good and sound first school system. Take for instance teaching skills that every student should master or at vest gain a rudimentary structure that will allow in time to formulate a educational background that will propel a student o to higher learning. Mr. Jefferson’s ideas upon history and what students can be taught from the past that will allowthem to make sounder judgments are well founded as well.Works CitedFranklin, B. Franklin
s Letter to Collison from Philadelphia date 9th,May 1753.