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Tedious FASFA forms long lines with no end at the Financial Aid office bills to pay at Fiscal Services starving college students All for what To graduate and be in debt when you start working College education should be provided by our nation at a low or free cost Our nation has enough money to purchase expensive weapons and programs in the name of National Defense but not enough for free college entrance Free college education shouldve been solved two hundred eighteen years ago Our founding fathers supported it but none more like Thomas Jefferson The Zook and Carnegie Commission on several occasions supported low or no tuition for public two-year colleges An educated society would equal an advanced culture Jefferson knew this and on 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote to his old mentor Chancellor Wythe written from Paris If all the sovereigns of Europe were to set themselves to work to emancipate the minds of their subjects from their present ignorance and prejudices a thousand years would not place them on that high ground on which our common people are now setting out I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the peoplePreach my dear sir a crusade against ignorance establish and improve the law for educating the common people Thomas Jefferson 60 A crusade against ignorance that was the crusade upon which so many of the founding fathers embarked but none more boldly or more hopefully than Jefferson I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man Thomas Jefferson 69 he wrote to his friend Dr Rush in eighteen hundred and he kept his vow to the end Jefferson wanted educate the common people and all to be maintained by the local government of the states He had launched his own crusade against ignorance as early as 1779 when he introduced
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