Reformation Project 1/2


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Rachel Park

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  • Hello! My name is Harold Bucanan and I'm against the free education reformation. There's really no point to it, children love working in my factory.
  • Rich factory owner Harold Bucanan will be showing us his reasoning's on why he is against public education. Business men like him thrived on cheap labor to prosper, especially child labor.
  • I'll show you one of my workers that I lost due to this "Second Awakening" reformation. 5 year old Joseph couldn't not be anymore excited to work, he didn't need school.
  • Children were the most exploited because of their vulnerability, they were less likely to speak up for themselves and got paid less than men.
  • The only thing he needed to learn was how to make a shoe properly.
  • Kids would usually work 10-11 hour shifts every day, 6 days a week for a salary of about $1. Most children were forced into working by struggling parents and had to work in filthy conditions where they were often abused by supervisors.
  • Plus the education we had then was fine.
  • On average, a student would only spend 10 weeks in school annually because of their intense work schedule. And when kids did go to school, teachers were not professionally trained, often times they were illiterate and uneducated as well. Before, education was a privilege only for the wealthy.
  • Alright y'all we're learnin mathemematics and American language today.
  • That Horse guy should mind his own business and stop worrying about whether or not my workers should learn their ABCs.
  • Horace Mann was the biggest advocate for free public education and believed that schools should be for ALL children taught by trained teachers.
  • Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery...It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
  • Mann believed that children were the future of America and to educate them would mean a stronger nation in all aspects. He became a member of the House Of Representatives and later his controversial dream passed.
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