The Perils of Trashing the Value of College
In 1829, as the North Carolina legislature debated an expansion of public schooling, a concerned citizen dispatched a letter to The Raleigh Register. "Gentlemen, I hope you do not conceive it at all necessary that everybody should be able to read, write, and cipher," he wrote. Such luxuries might be defensible for future lawyers and doctors, "but if a man is to be a plain farmer, or a mechanic, they are of no manner of use, but a detriment."
Originally published: February 22, 2018
Author: Margaret Spellings
Institution: University of North Carolina
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed