Quote from the Text

“In a speech he gave before businessmen prior to the First World War, Woodrow Wilson made this unabashed disclosure: ‘We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.’”

An Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, p. 59

Fact Check

While Wilson did make this statement, he said it about three-quarters of the way through a 6300-word speech to a group of high school teachers. Multiple sources identify the speech as one given on January 9, 1909 to the mixed-gender group, New York City High School Teachers Association.

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