Coolidge Blog

Joseph Fountain: Witness to the Inauguration

by Paul D. Houle Joseph Fountain, the twenty-four-year-old editor of the Springfield Reporter, scooped every reporter in Vermont—indeed, in the world—with his account of the presidential inauguration of Calvin Coolidge. […]

The Mellon Plan: The Legislative Fight for the First Supply-Side Tax Reforms

By The Honorable French Hill Tax reform isn’t easy, but it is possible. Even dramatic tax reform. Today, when many doubt that proposition, it’s useful to look back at another […]

Calvin Coolidge and the Post-Armistice Chlorine Gas Campaign

By Robert M. Klein, M.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center On May 18, 1924, First Congregational Church in Washington held its regular service. But this Sunday, one important congregant was […]

GRACE: ON THE AIR

GRACE COOLIDGE’S RADIO DEBUT OVER STATION NAA ON DECEMBER 4, 1922 By Jerry L. Wallace Next year is a centennial year for President Calvin Coolidge. But this year marks a […]

Higher Teacher Pay, Please

February 20, 2014

Coolidge honored teachers, and often supported pay raises for them.

In 1919, the same year that he opposed a public-sector police union, Coolidge wrote from Boston to the mayor of Northampton that he was concerned about teachers’ compensation: “It has become notorious that the pay for this most important function is much less than that which prevails in commercial life and business activities.”

Coolidge quoted Roger Ascham, the teacher of Queen Elizabeth, on the absurdity of underpaying teachers: “God that sitteth in Heaven laugheth their choice to scorn.”

Coolidge even believed that the federal government ought to create something that did not, then, yet exist, a Department of Education in Washington. “Much good could be accomplished through the establishment of a Department of Education,” he wrote, for example, in his December 6, 1927 State of the Union address.

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