Essay heading: Failures of Early American Higher Education

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Referring to Harvard College, in his family's newspaper, the New England Curant, in 1677, Benjamin Franklin wrote that it had become a "rich man's school, a place that wealthy parents sent their sons to, where, for want of a suitable genius, they learn little more than to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a room genteely" (Lucas, p...
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109). Prior to the American Revolution, higher education did not impact the majority of the people first hand. It is estimated that no more than one in every thousand colonists attended any college present before 1776 (Lucas, p. 109). This supports the idea that college was only available to those individuals who had enough money to attend college simply for the ability to move up the social ladder...
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