The 's Assessment Of Horace Mann 's The Democratic And Meritocracy Society

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Brownson’s Assessment Horace Mann gained support for his educational reform during the 19th century, yet there was some opposition to his proposals. Orestes Brownson constructed the best appeal to his reforms with several well-grounded concerns. Brownson reveals Mann’s undermining of the democratic and meritocracy society through the education of students and their educators, the extension of politics into education, and using education as a means of mass control. Mann’s ideas for the educational system reform in America for its students were swiftly followed by his call for reform on how the educators were to teach. There are several references to the Prussian educational system at that time. Mann seemed to idealize this way of education, for both educators and students, and attempted to model this system in his reform. The issue with this model is not only was Prussia viewed as an antidemocratic society but also that teachers are trained to perform their jobs instead of educated. Mann makes the same reference to training in his push for Normal Schools for teachers. Brownson touches on this this difference by referring to this as special education and general education. Brownson believed that special education is used to prepare oneself for a profession whereas general education was for the well being of a person and their development, which in turn creates democratic members of society (Tozer, pp. 77). Not only would Mann undermine the democratic virtues of American…

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