While Mr. Jefferson’s plan was revolutionary for his era—a time when relatively few individuals received any formal education–it’s difficult to imagine that this same system would be sufficient to “illuminate” the minds of 21st Century students who live in a more urban, complex, globalized, post-industrial Virginia.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution turned the federal government into a guarantor of personal liberties for the first time, turning the vision of 1787 completely on its head. Why do we know so little by comparison of the Congress that passed it?
“Unity” is just another word for “sue ‘em”
It’s not as simple as bringing back parole; juries and prosecutors should know that their penalties will fit the crimes.