"At common law the education of the child by the State was unknown. In Virginia, the idea that the welfare of the State could be advanced by the education of the masses was first advanced by Mr. [Thomas] Jefferson." Virginia, as well as all other states, has established a system of public education. The great benefits of the public school system undoubtedly enhance both the individual and society as a whole. Nevertheless, if Thomas Jefferson, the father of this great institution, were able to observe the current conditions of public schools, he would, as the saying goes, "roll over in his grave."

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