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To: Huck
The founders didn't mind religion being taught in government schools either. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, went even further than Madison in supporting public education:

(The student) must be taught to amass wealth, but it must be only to increase his power of contribution to the wants and needs of the state. . .Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to himself, but that he is public property. Let him be taught to love his family, but let him be taught at the same time that he must forsake and even forget them when the welfare of his country requires it."

25 posted on 05/10/2002 12:31:46 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
Benjamin Rush

He was an interesting fellow. A doctor, as I recall. Great friend to John Adams. What incredible times those must have been. I was recently in Philadelphia taking it all in. Amazing.

27 posted on 05/10/2002 12:35:15 PM PDT by Huck
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