Here’s a resource you’ll love:
Excerpt: Myth #1: The United States was founded on a philosophy or principle of public education.
AKA “Public Education is the Cornerstone of Our Democracy” and “Public Education is Necessary For a Working Democracy.”
But as Karl Bunday points out, “. . . democratic republican government developed first in countries without government-operated schools; the founders of the United States learned without a public school system. By contrast, the first countries to have compulsory school attendance laws were all militaristic dictatorships, including the countries that later formed Hitler’s Third Reich, a fact well documented in books on school and state relations throughout history.”