"I... [proposed] three distinct grades of education, reaching all classes.
1. Elementary schools for all children generally, rich and poor.
2. Colleges for a middle degree of instruction, calculated for the
common purposes of life and such as should be desirable for all who were
in easy circumstances.
And 3d. an ultimate grade for teaching the sciences generally and in
their highest degree...
The expenses of [the elementary] schools should be borne by the
inhabitants of the county, every one in proportion to his general
tax-rate. This would throw on wealth the education of the poor."
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson Autobiography, 1821
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition 1:70 (Lipscomb and Bergh, editors), 1903-04