Horace Mann's Common School Journal Analysis

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Abstract In 1837, history was made as Massachusetts created the Board of Education and a man by the name of Horace Mann was elected as its secretary. This was the first position of such in the United States. Mann believed in the common school and that every child should have the opportunity for an education. Through his position as secretary, Mann created an abundant number of common schools. After beginning his new role, Mann created the Common School Journal. He used this journal to spread his beliefs and knowledge about education. During his time as the secretary of the board of education, Mann was required to publish annual remarks on the education system. He was also given the opportunity to travel throughout the state to every school …show more content…
In the back to school statistics article, the National Center for Education Statistics states, “in fall 2014, about 49.8 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools.” The public school system constantly works to improve its strategies that are used in order to teach young pupils in hope that learning outcomes increase. Through this, they are constantly conducting research that includes; accumulative testing, surveys, observations, and much more. Our school systems also give us the luxury of giving our children with disabilities a quality education through public schools. The luxury of having public schools open to all walks of human life can be attributed to one of the greatest education reformers in history, Horace Mann. Horace Mann was born on May 4, 1796 in Franklin, Massachusetts to a poor family. His father was a Yankee farmer who instilled self-reliance and independence in him through their frugal upbringing. Since his family did not have the means to give him a better education, Mann only attended school for a few weeks a year. Though he only went to school a few weeks a year, Mann visited the local library quite often. He eventually enrolled in Brown University at the age of twenty and after only three years he graduated in 1819 as the valedictorian of his class. Mann went on to work various jobs throughout Massachusetts, including working in the legislature, but it wasn’t until …show more content…
His purpose for this journal was so that teachers and educators alike could read in order to gain the knowledge of what their classrooms and curriculum should contain. In one of his writings under, The Bible in our Common Schools, Mann discusses the reactions that the ‘ignorant immigrants’ had towards the bible in the common schools. Through this writing, it is prominent that Mann and most likely every other natural citizen believed that the bible was an essential part to the education

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