There are always talks of how to improve our schools, to try and find the missing fragments of the education system. Even when we looks back hundreds of years there are men and women trying to find the most ideal set up for learning. Horace Mann 's address to the Massachusetts board of education is a great piece of literature addressing the problems and potential of the school system. Through credibility and a logical approach to the power of schooling Mann makes an appeal education is brilliant but quite possibly a fallacy. To start, would be Mann 's credibility. Although not included in the actual speech we do get a short biography on Horace Mann. Mann was born on a farm in Massachusetts and while his introduction to education was …show more content…
To me this is one of the most overlooked aspects of schooling and someone always wants to point the finger to someone else. Mann comes straight out and says our health is mostly up for us to decide and we need to be spreading as much information in the schools about it as we can. I can only imagine a school where physical education is as important as the standardized testing. Where they teach Healthy nutritional choices while discouraging unhealthy foods and activities from a young age through general schooling. This could have an exemplary effect on students. Following this Mann goes into discussion over intellect to beat out poverty. He brings up the "equality" that we have here as opposed to Europe and how much it was already starting to thin and stretch farther and farther. While I agree with the segment on using schooling to destroy this barrier. From here, Mann switches over to ideas of a political education and the importance of general intelligence. Mann makes a strong argument that for a proper democracy to be run, its people must not only be knowledgeable about current events but strive to find the truth. Again Mann comes back to the untaught child becomes an untaught adult who will not be able to make rational informed decisions. This is extremely important for government. Not only on a level of law and order but morality to make the correct laws and just choices. This brings Mann right into a talk of moral education.
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In the document “Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education”, Horace Mann believes that education should be readily available to everyone in order to counteract the “tendency to the domination of capital and servility of labor.” Universal education can potentially be the difference between, the wealthy capitalizing the poor, and a society where the poor are given an equal opportunity to excel and be a part of the capital rather than the labor. Mann states, “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man…” When everyone is given the same chance to obtain a well rounded education, social status and factions begin to diminish. Mann seems to be an idealist as well
While this appears very philanthropic at face value, Mann’s primary concern is not the welfare of the individual child, but the condition of the society produced by the educational process. He stresses that self-discipline leads to the ability to self-govern; this leads to law abiding, productive and rational citizens.
Horace Mann, known as the "father of American public education", wrote the policy document Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education, that claims Massachusetts's school education is becoming unequal among the citizens. Mann develops his argument by using European and American values of men, and how society functions with men that have been treated as equals. Mann's purpose was to discuss the problems in Massachusetts's education system in order to inform his audience and persuade a change. Mann's audience assumes an audience that would be government workers or officials because of his message of changing the education system.
In today’s society, the subject of politics is not always met with great approval or admiration. Therefore, it is important that analyzing Mann’s emphasis of Political Education that we understand what it refers to. The idea of politicians and political parties and the riffs between them must be put aside when thinking of Political Education. The important part, the part that Mann emphasized, is the understanding of the Constitution, and consequently the rights of every citizen of the United States. Once an average citizens knows his rights, he will have more just power as a citizen. Not only will he be able to defend himself if wrongly accused, but also will know what is appropriate and within his rights when making decisions on his own actions. Learning how
&#9;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: &quot;(1) that a republic cannot long remain ignorant and free, hence the necessity of universal education; (2) that such education must be paid for,
Mann was a prominent figure in politics for many years and eventually served on the Massachusetts Board of Education for several years. In that time Mann came to believe that education should be based around physical, intellectual, political, moral, and religious educations. Mann got most of his ideas from how schools in the Persian taught these different types of education. (110)
Horace Mann’s 12th Annual Report stressed the idea that education should be in anyone’s reach. Education isn’t and shouldn’t be limited to only upper class children because, by providing free education to all, is insuring that everyone is and will be receiving the best education and treated equally. Throughout Mann’s 12th Annual Report, there is discussion of the concept of a common school. From my understanding, this is the awareness that all children attend the same type of school and taught the same concepts, despite social class. This report discussed the idea that money should be spent on education instead of funding less important mandates. I agree with this because educating our children is one the most important mission that we could
The second issue upon which Horace Mann and Geoffrey Canada both agree upon is the expunging of Standardised Testing and High Risk test taking. Horace Mann in the “Communist Manifesto” points out that tax-funded, government run school systems control the information taught. He later writes that the tuition free educational system would bring an end to the “government force-tax funded schools”, and he later says that the justification for tax-funded school systems is “to train the young to work for the communal debt system” (). It can be inferred from the quote that
In the farming society of the early 1800’s, education was not possible for many children. Horace Mann, a farm boy himself and an early advocate for educational reform, saw the deficiencies in the educational system. He pushed for “common schools” that would retain local control, be co-educational and revolve around the agricultural year. Mann’s ideas began to be adopted around the country in the second half of the nineteenth century. By the start of the twentieth century, mandatory public schooling was the norm. This was the height of the industrial revolution. As Davidson notes in “Project Classroom Makeover”, “Public Education was seen as the most efficient way to train potential workers for labor in the newly urbanized factories (197).” Schools began to work like an assembly line with a focus on efficiency, attention to detail, memorization of facts and staying on task. Curriculum became standardized and states began to replace the local management of education. Critically thinking outside the box was less valued. Regardless of ability, children started school at the same age and were moved through their education in a regulated process.
Horace Mann was an early 18th century politician and a visionary in the area of education reform. He is credited as the person responsible promoting the belief that education not only be free, but should be available to all. Horace Mann’s concept for equality in education ensures “that everyone receives an education that will allow them to compete for wealth on equal terms.” (Spring, 2014 p. 58.)
The selection about Horace Mann, is from the text, School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. NY: McGraw-Hill. 2011 by Steven Tozer and myself. I used to use this for the main text, but could no longer accept its rising price for students. Therefore I will use just several of the chapters, in fair use policy.
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, controlled, and sustained by an interested public; (3) that such education is best provided in schools embracing children of all religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds; (4) that such education, while profoundly moral in character, must be free of sectarian religious influence; (5) that such education must be permeated throughout by the spirit, methods, and discipline of a free society, which preclude pedagogy in the classroom; and (6) that such education can be provided only by well-trained, professional
This research is conducted to compare the opinions on improving the Nation’s Education System. The data collected is then analyzed and compared to three independent variables; Race, Age, and Gender. The results are then verified with applying statistical techniques of Cross tabulation and Chi-square to come to a conclusion.