During the 1800s, private schools and universities were the main source of education. These schools could only be afforded by the very wealthy.
Thank goodness we can afford college. Later on, we'll become lawyers and politicians thanks to our elite education.
The classes in these schools were all taught by untrained men who had no teaching experience.
Few public schools existed, and the ones that did were unsuccessful. They only stayed open for a few months.
ALL children deserve a free, quality education. Everyone has a right to learn.
Horace Mann was a representative in the House, and was one of the most prominent advocates for education at this time.
Horace Mann went to work reforming the public school system. He helped improve the conditions of public schools and made efforts to keep them open year round.
He also pushed for classes to be taught by professional teachers who were well versed in their subjects and knew how to teach them to children.
Horace Mann Elementary
Thanks to the efforts of Horace Mann and various others, the foundation was laid for modern day public education. Now, there are public schools in every town in every state in America that are free for any child to attend.