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Education Reform
Updated: 4/28/2020
Education Reform
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  • But I'm hungry!
  • School
  • Thief!
  • Hmmm. How can we help these children?
  • I'm a teacher and I want higher pay and more training!
  • A agree with you Horace! I vote to pay taxes that help our children's education!
  • I think we should build better schools.
  • Our means of education, are the grand machinery by which the ‘raw material' of human nature can be worked up into inventors and discoverers, into skilled artisans and scientific farmers.
  • We want to be treated as equals! We want an education!
  • Yay! I can go to school now!
  • Education Reform. Most children in the early 1800s did not attend school. Children in some cities would steal, destroy property, and set fires. Reformers, such as Horace Mann believed that education would help these children to escape poverty and become good citizens.
  • When Mann became Massachusetts supervisor of education, he spoke out about the need for public schools. Citizens responded to his message and voted to pay taxes to build better schools, provide better teachers that were paid higher salaries, and establish a special training school for teachers.
  • While many white children and especially boys, attended free public schools by 1850 thanks to this reform movement, states still did not offer public education to everyone. Many girls and African Americans were not admitted. Slowly over time people worked and reformed to develop more universities that admitted peoples of all color and sex.
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