This 1869: A Report on Schools in North Carolina lesson plan also includes:
One of the five legal duties of children in most states is to attend school until age 16. In 1869, to justify the funding of compulsory, public education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina declared, “The State may be poor, but a poor State can, least of all, afford to be ignorant. Poverty without intelligence, becomes degradation, misery, crime; no State can afford such results.” Using the provided worksheet to focus their attention, class members read the full text of the superintendent’s report. They then discuss whether states should require students to attend school until the age of 16. Consider concluding the discussion with a class debate or by having individuals craft letters to the current superintendent stating their position on compulsory attendance.