How can I teach these children if I don't understand this topic either? No wonder why they aren't learning!
I'm never going to learn anything!
Most teachers were often ill-tempered, ill-trained, and ill-paid.
I wish I could receive an education like the other children, but I have to get up every morning and work at the factory for my poor family.
Tax-supported primary schools were scarce in the early years of the United States, and schools were only available for the rich. Poor kids had to go work for small wages in order to support their families and didn't have time for school.
I cannot believe the American education system! EVERYTHING IS WRONG! Schools should be open to all children and have well-trained teachers!
Horace Mann, an advocate of a better education system in the United States, believed that children should have the right to attend a public school and be taught by well-trained teachers.
As secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education, Horace Mann shared his ideas about better education. Between 1825-1850 his ideas of tax-supported public education spread.
We need better schoolhouses, longer school terms, and higher pay for teachers.
Horace Mann's influence spread to other states across the nation outside of Massachusetts. As late as 1860, the nation counted about a hundred public secondary schools and nearly a million white adult illiterates.
Because of Horace Mann and other education reformers, schools were now maintained properly. Despite the fact they were expensive in most communities, the public education system in the nation began to thrive. Children were taught by trained teachers and received a good education.