Here are a few quotes on the importance of learning and knowledge. Summer is a great time to teach our children the principles of freedom.
"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country." ~ Noah Webster
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
~ George Washington
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
~ James Madison
"A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
~ Benjamin Franklin
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson
"It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail." ~ Samuel Adams
“…a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” ~ James Madison
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." ~ Thomas Jefferson