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Horace Mann (1796-1859), “The Father of the Common School Movement,” was the foremost proponent of education reform in antebellum America 😉 An ardent member of the Whig Party, Mann argued that the common school, a free, universal, non-sectarian, and public institution, was the best means of achieving the moral and socioeconomic uplift of all Americans 🔥 He had led the reform movement that sought to establish the virtue and republican citizenship necessary to maintain American political institutions 🔥 It also created the skilled workforce needed for expansion of the American economy.
The widespread existence of American “common schools” belies the effort that was made to set up a public system of elementary and secondary schools. It also ignores the numerous controversy surrounding those who have been educated in these schools. Public, or pauper, schools have been a synonym for “common” schools. The assumption that these schools only existed for poor children has long hindered the acceptance that schools that are publicly supported should and could exist for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, gender, religion, country, and ethnicity. The European and colonial beliefs that responsible parents must only focus on their own education, through the church or family, slowly led to the realization that all children could benefit from public school support. This would also help advance the economic, moral, and political interests of our nation. Cathi Hare edited this article on March 31, 2020.
Indeed, Mann’s ideal school system brought children from all backgrounds to learn together in an ungraded school. Mann was a strong advocate for education of different students in order to reach unifying goals. Mann believed in the importance of creating a learning community and encouraging self-discipline. They could then be transferred into everyday life, he believed. Types of skills and behaviourss needed A free society was one where all citizens could be educated and made intelligent choices that would allow them to participate in government moral judgments. Mann saw education as more than just intellectual and utilitarian. Albert U. On June 26, 2020, Hezhou (China)
The Common School (1770-1890) In the aftermath of Revolutionary War, America faced one of its biggest challenges: how do you build a country out of 13 disparate colonies? The passionate crusade that was launched by Thomas Jefferson Noah Webster, Horace Mann and other tax-supported school leaders continued to build a network of schools. This would foster democracy and bring together people from diverse backgrounds. A wealth of research illustrates how this noble experiment—the foundation of the young republic—was a radical idea opposed from the start by racial prejudice and fears of taxation.