Essay about Thomas Jefferson And Horace Mann

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Many of the more basic aspects of the school systems that educational pioneers Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann created still exist today: like the requirement by law to attend school and the importance of educating both males and females. However, both Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson have also had important influences on parts of educational system that may not be completely obvious, but that have transcended time and are still in place today. Whether the results of the decisions made by these men were intentional or actually unintended consequences, their legacies are still prominent. Some of the specific effects seen today include the decline in the quality, effort, and work of teachers, and the emphasis placed on intellectual behavior as opposed to creativity. The role and the persona of the teacher in today’s classroom has undergone a shift since Horace Mann’s activity in the 1830s. Mann defined what the expectations of a teacher were in his Common School movement and mapped out the various ideals that the classroom should have under the leadership of the teacher. It was important that Mann attempted to reach high values and lofty intended goals of his system, but idealism is a tough method of social change because it generally lends itself to results that fall short of the desired outcome: it is almost impossible to have a perfect result of a plan. Take Communism for example, which seemed great in theory, but when applied to a society, was not functional. In…

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