On Education, Prosperity, and the Generations
Stumbled upon… from John Adams (1735-1826; US President March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801)
I must study politics and war that my sons have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy , geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
Adams wrote this during the development and evolution of the prosperity of the United States. One generation studies “politics and war” to lay the foundation for the next generation. What “must” be studied by one generation gives the following generation the liberty to pursue the next level of education and culture.