George Washington, The Primary Object of Public Education, Maxims of Washington : Political, Social, Moral and Religious (1854)

George Washington, PresidentAnd a primary object of such an Institution [Public Education], should the education of our youth in the SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT. In a Republic what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty is more pressing on its legislature, than to patronize a plan, for communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?