The Theory Of Knowledge, Transmission And Opportunity Essay

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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 have factors where they may not be correct. The theory of knowledge states that an educated person is in charge of their own destiny, diminishing the idea of being a ‘slave’ to the status quo. 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…

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