Thomas Jefferson on “three distinct grades of education”

I accordingly prepared three bills for the Revisal, proposing three distinct grades of education, reaching all classes. I. Elementary schools for all children generally, rich and poor. 2. Colleges for a middle-degree of instruction, calculated for the common purposes of life, and such as would be desirable for all who were in easy circumstances. And 3d. an ultimate grade for teaching the sciences generally, & in their highest degree.

Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography