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  1. Umm…
    I get the point, but the choice of imagery is antithetical to that.
    If the school board were run by Pilgrims or Puritans, almost all the kids would be reading. One of the tenets of the Reformation was translation of the Bible in the language of the people so “even the plowboy could read it.” That necessitated teaching literacy to the common people.
    Harvard College was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony only eight years after the colony was established. Regardless of their strict theology, the colonists highly valued education.

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