I wish that education was more important to the people. The future is held in the children's hands.
Being a teacher that had limited education and receiving little pay is hard. A lot of the children do not even come to school at all.
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.
Growing up, Horace Mann attended school only ten weeks a year. He knew others didn't have it that lucky and had limited time in school. He knew it was important for kids to get a proper education.
Finally we get to go to a free public school with well-trained teachers. We can get a proper education!
Teachers were paid very little and many kids couldn't attend schools. In cities, children stole, destroyed property, and set fires. People believed that a proper education can help them become good citizens.
We finally get an education like how men do. We are being treated equally!
Mann delivered his message and and the citizens of Massachusetts responded. They voted and started to pay taxes to build better schools, provide teachers with higher salaries, and establish training school for teachers.
Be afraid to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
By 1850, most white children, especially boys, could attend a free public school. Not all people got this education though. Many did not admit girls and states far as North as Illinois passed laws to keep African Americans out of public schools.
In 1837, Oberlin College in Ohio was the first college to admit men and women. When states opened the first public universities in the 1860s, most accepted females. Although, African Americans still had little options.
Horace Mann still knew that much more was to be done for women and African Americans. In 1853, he became president of a new college for men and women, Antioch in Ohio. He always urged his students students to become involved in improving the society.