Education: Learning to Work

It is proposed, That some persons of leisure and public spirit, apply for a charter, by which they may be incorporated, with power to erect an Academy for the education of youth. . . . As to their studies, it . . is proposed that they learn those things that are likely to be most useful and most ornamental.

Benjamin Franklin thus introduced the heart of his famed Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania (1749), which led toward the supplanting of Colonial Latin grammar schools by academies. Franklin proposed that youths...

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