Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Enlargement of the Communicative Competence

"The beliefs of the Founders about education paralleled their ideas about the postal system and the press; all three means would promote "the diffusion of knowlegde"and the principals of liberty on which the survival of the republic depended."Starr, The Creation of the Media, pg.99

Early attempts at a stable education system was rare. The task of creating the educational systems were given to the states. This meant that there wouldn't be an even distribution of schools across the country. Only in the north east did the roots the modern educational system really begin to take hold.

Due to it's legacy of education, the New England states fared better with support for public schooling. Most communities had a primary level school to help educate the children of the district. The framers of the costitution belived that a well educated populus would help in the longevity of the republic. However the vauge guidelines set forth by the framers left much of blueprint for speculation.


At 3:39 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and choice of quotation. Don't forget to spell-check.

This is a key point in understanding the political context of the history of the media. How exactly does our public education system create a context that promotes the growth of print media? Both the postal system and public education facilitate the growth of a market, a demand, and a network of distribution of information. Public education is an institutional medium of mass communication in and of itself. It is also a network for the distribution of print, ideas and information. Students become readers and a market for the press.


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