Blue View: Hampton has a special responsibility to support public education – Seacoastonline.com

by | Jul 13, 2022 | Education

Our public schools have done more than any other institution to bring us together, create a set of shared experiences, a greater sense of community, and informed citizens ready to participate in our democracy.   Hampton has a long and rich history of supporting public education. The first public school in New Hampshire opened in Hampton on May 31, 1649. In 1784, the framers of the State Constitution we still live under today realized that “knowledge and learning” were “essential to the preservation of a free government” and in Article 83 made it the “duty of the legislators and magistrates” to promote and support education. In 1877, voters in New Hampshire further strengthened this commitment to public education by passing a constitutional amendment specifically prohibiting tax money from being applied to schools of religious denominations.Blue View:NH’s housing crisis brought to you by RepublicansAlthough I did not grow up in New Hampshire, I suspect my experiences as a kid growing up outside of Detroit, Michigan and attending public schools was no different than those of you who did. It did not matter if my classmates were Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, or Jewish; or that they were the sons and daughters of families whose American roots went back many generations or were recent Dutch, Polish or Canadian immigrants; or that my dad worked in an office and someone else’s dad worked on the assembly line or in a shop or on a farm. While we were in school, we were all treated the same. We started each day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and we l …

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