Horace Mann Essay

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	Horace Mann was the father of the American School System. Horace Mann’s had many reforms on education. He was born in 1796. Mann determined what the purpose of education should be based on his own experience and observation. Mann also had many ideas how education could be improved. Many of these ideas have been followed by schools today as well. Mann also had ideas on topics which one considers today to be controversial. The public should take into account what Mann’s ideas were on these issues.

	Horace Mann’s reforms and ideas have had influence during his time, and now in our time on many issues. Some of issues the issues are the purpose of education and the improvement of education. The purpose of education is a large
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	Mann thought that schools must emphasize moral, civic, and cultural values. These ideas are what schools try to accomplish today. Mann believed in a common program in schools that would educate everyone. He thought that common schools should not teach vocational training, but instead offer an education beneficial to all. Schools today follow the same purpose that Mann laid out long ago. Schools today follow Mann’s ideas by offering a program that opens opportunities in any field. There is also a common curriculum in most schools because many courses are state required and standard to all schools.

	Mann thought that schools should teach a complete educational program including physical education and musical education. Schools today teach physical education and music to provide their students with a better educational experience.

	Mann thought also that schools should have nothing to do in their religion and politics. Ideally, this is what public schools and teachers try to do today. Religion is not a part of the public school today.

	During Mann’s twelve years as secretary of the Massachusetts board of education he sent back reports to the board as to the condition of schools and what he thought should be taught in them. His ideas in these reports revolved around six ideas: "(1) that a republic cannot long remain ignorant and free, hence the necessity of universal education; (2) that such education must be paid for,
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