It was America's first nonsectarian institution of higher learning. It was the first to adopt an elective course system. He called founding the university one of his greatest achievements.
He did it late in life. He planned its curriculum, recruited its first faculty, and designed its "academic village." In 1825, classes began with eight teachers and 68 students.
Kennedy also believed in the importance of education. He said "Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
"A child miseducated is a child lost."
He supported keeping primary and secondary education public. He proposed aiding them with federal grants. He stressed investing in our youth from grade school through post-graduate studies. Imagine what he, Jefferson, and like-minded leaders would say today.
On September 19, the Chicago Tribune headlined "Teachers, students return to Chicago public schools," saying:
On Tuesday, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates members voted to end strike action and return to classes.
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Karen Lewis pressured them to accede. She should be hung in effigy, fired and replaced. Instead she practically gloated saying:
"We feel very positive about moving forward. We feel grateful that we have a united union, and that when a union moves together, amazing things happen."
Sugar-coating sellout doesn't wash.
Mayor Emanuel was no better. He called the deal "an honest compromise."- Advertisement -
It was sellout. Money and power won. Teachers, parents and kids lost. At issue is how long will it take before they know? Then, what'll they do about it?
Short-term, it's too late. Across America, ordinary people are losing out consistently. Human, civil and worker rights are being lost. A previous article said Occupy Wall Street is right. The only solution is world revolution. Nothing less will work.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .