When we suggest that you follow the founders in their education, the reason isn’t just so you can have knowledge that other people do not. We want you to read in order to think. As Francis Bacon wrote, “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.” You need to read things in order to understand and to take in what you read. It’s not just ammo to use against people. You need to understand the things that you read and take them into consideration. But considering and understanding doesn’t mean agreeing. You don’t have to take everything you read as the truth, but you do need to at least to to understand it. If you read to understand, then the principles will at least affect you. Reading the words of these people for yourself will give you the ability to make decisions that will effect your whole life. You will not understand everything you read, and you won’t agree with everything you read. You need to practice understanding the words written just like you would practice a sport and eventually, you will be able to understand more than you ever thought you could and be able to determine what you will and will not agree with based on the things you’ve come to know. Reading should not be considered a chore, but a blessing. It is a blessing that we can read first hand what our founding fathers read. We don’t have to take the word of anyone because we can learn for ourselves and make ourselves better.