A price worth paying
"I praise New England because it is the country in the world where is the freest expenditure for education . namely, that the poor man, whom the law does not allow to take an ear of corn when starving, nor a pair of shoes for his freezing feet, is allowed to put his hand into the pocket of the rich, and say, `You shall educate me, not as you will, but as I will.' The child shall be taken up by the State, and taught, at the public cost, the rudiments of knowledge, and, at last, the ripest results of art and science."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).