Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance man as an author, political theorist, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, and one of the founding fathers of the United States. His educational influence is less well-known than his inventions and political achievements.
Salutations, my name is Benjamin Franklin and I am here to explain my accomplishments and impacts on American Education.
Franklin was not in favor of traditional education but instead believed in the new methods of student-led experimentation and learning through individual experience because personality is shaped by one’s environment
You see, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest, such as mastering the English language.
Franklin also spoke out against slavery and chauvinism, believing that African-Americans and women should be allowed in school
African American and woman should have the rights to proper education.
Franklin is probably best known in the library community for founding the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731. It was America's first lending library and can lay claim to being the predecessor of the free public library..
For a short period, I was the library company's librarian. The sight of seeing a large vast source of knowledge allowing people to further their education is quite nice.
However, Franklin’s ideas were not wholly accepted during his day and were often misapplied in later centuries. Franklin’s educational philosophy was often twisted into a “cash value” system in American education; the belief being that going to school increased one’s potential for gaining wealth.
This ignores my practical concerns and humanitarian principles for education.
I'm so wealthy!
None the less, Franklin easily contributed more to the American education system than any other man in the eighteenth century as he founded libraries and schools, and advocated for female and African-American education.
Education is for everyone, but always remember these words, tell me and I will forget, teach me and I will remember. Involve me, and I will learn.