Here is a video from the UK's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce:
I get a chuckle about the bit in this video at 2:15 where they point out that in the 19th century that public education was a revolutionary concept and that many people objected to it saying "it is not possible for many kids to 'benefit' from a public education". Funny. Many people in America today object to it because they complain about having to "educate somebody else's kid" and they don't like "big government" (and implicitly they want to go back to the 18th or 17th century where less than 10% of the population was "educated" which really meant "to a grade school standard"). Yes... the Tea Party is marching swiftly back to the past under the flag of "liberty" and "downsized government".
You can find more videos at the RSA home.