Educational Legacy

I came across this quote yesterday, and have been thinking a lot about it. What do I need to do now to provide the best opportunities for my children and grandchildren later? What sacrifices must I make to ensure that my children have the freedom to pursue a true liberal arts (libera = “free”) education? Those familiar with Classical education will recognize the presence of the trivium and quadrivium (the seven liberal arts) in this letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail:

“The science of government is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take place of, indeed to exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” ~ John Adams, (Letter to Abigail Adams, 12 May, 1780)

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