Public Education: John Adams & The New Hampshire Constitution


Program Description:

The controversy over funding of public education in New Hampshire continues after more than a decade of court challenges and legislative initiatives. Much of the controversy centers on a dispute about the word “cherish” as it appears in Article 83 of the state constitution. The presentation will investigate the original meaning of that term as used by John Adams, who drafted the Massachusetts Constitution from which the New Hampshire document, including the disputed article, was taken. The talk will look at Adams’s understanding of the connection between public education and republican government as articulated in political writings from throughout his career.