Analysis Of Horace Mann's Theory Of American Education

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Horace Mann is known to be the father of American education. He proposed a way to look at education, that made him widely known in the world of education. He came up with a theory about education that consisted of multiple theories he thought to become successful in education. People saw this theory to be true, but along with supporters comes people who do not support Mann’s theory. It is always going to be expected that people question whether or not a theory is correct, or if it applies to education in in todays education system. Three out of the six areas that Mann covers are the theory of knowledge, transmission and opportunity. Each of these areas have reasons why they are correct and if they are applicable in todays education, but also …show more content…
According to Mann, acquiring practical knowledge was power. In Mann’s view, knowledge is something for an individual to compete more favorably in society. Possessing the ability to read and write, a natural ability for mathematics and science, would likely allow a person to acquire things that were unattainable for people who were uneducated. You can argue that all these points are valid, but you can also play the other side. I agree that educators should obtain common knowledge of reading, writing, math and science, but only to an extent. There are many more factors that go into being a successful teacher. Retaining knowledge is one factor that plays a role in education, though a rather big one. To say that people who lack a natural knowledge in those fields are uneducated, in my opinion, is wrong. A person who goes to school and learns the material and succeeds in the class, is just as educated as the next. They may not have had that natural talent to know information, nevertheless they were able to learn …show more content…
He believed that the great equalizer for opportunity, was education. Mann stated that education is going to be what brings poor people up to the level of people that had capital. The great equalizer in society, where everyone had an opportunity to enjoy life and share life benefit from the product of their labors. I strongly agree that everyone should have an equal opportunity for education. Rich or poor, does not separate one’s ability to gain an education, or to succeed. This applies to todays society, by seeing every opportunity numerous amount of people, from different wealth classes, receive to get an education. In todays world, if an individual truly wants something, they are going to do whatever it takes to succeed. Financial problems are always going to be an issue in education, but there are ways to go about it that will make it easier. Faulty and staff are eager to help students receive and education, because it is what every student deserves. If you are given the opportunity of education, hold on to it, and never take it for

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