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Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Birthplace of Public Education

Traveling through a small town in Massachusetts, I saw a sign proclaiming Rehoboth as the birthplace of public education. Like many declarations, this is subject to hot debate.

Boston, Dedham, and Dorchester challenge Rehoboth for this honor.

The facts:

Rehoboth - In 1643, a church in Rehoboth voted to support a teacher through taxes. At that time, church and state were one; however, some do not believe that can be considered public support.

Boston - Boston Latin School vehemently asserts that it is the nation's oldest public school, founded in 1635. However, students' education was paid for by donations and rental revenue until 1649.

Dedham - Residents voted to have a tax to support public education in 1644.

Dorchester - In 1639, Dorchester residents voted for rent from a specific property to support a school. Some say the rent is a "proportional property tax."

While I wouldn't dare to take sides in this debate, I am very pleased that towns and cities made public education a priority within 20 years of landing at Plymouth Rock.

News articles:

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