"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation."
President John F. KennedyA black and white photograph of Barnas Sears, an educator and agent from the Peabody Education Fund.
After the Civil War, much of the South was largely damaged, and there was a need for education to try and restore it now America was whole again. The Peabody Education Fund did so by sending out the most intelligent teachers in the most devastated parts of the South, and one of them was Barnas Sears. As General Agent of the Fund, he promoted free schools and helped educate those who needed it. With his guidance, education was restored in the South, along with new ideas on how to keep improving it. He came up with the idea for adequate taxation when it came to schools, and also promoted education for African-Americans.