19th Century American Public Schools

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When I think about public schools into today’s society I wonder who and what are the of benefits from this schooling and what are some of the issues that public schools face today. We hear a lot about, standardized testing, cultural/religious biases and no money in the school system. Schools in America have changed much since its beginnings in the 17th century. However we still see some of the same issues from centuries ago. First and foremost, possibly the most influential man of American public school education is Horace Mann. Horace Mann felt that a common school would be the "great equalizer" (Urban, & Wagoner, 2009). He thought with education poverty would most surely disappear with intelligence came new treasures of the mind and not of just material wealth. He knew that not everyone could afford this luxury. And so he went on to help to set up the free public school system. This idea of a free schooling didn’t come around until the 19th century.…show more content…
Along with Bible study, this tradition continued after U. S. independence and flourished well into the nineteenth century. As immigration multiplied the ethnic and religious identities of Americans, modernization efforts led by education reformers like Horace Mann gradually minimized religious influences in schools. In the mid 1800ʻs religion was a focal point of education in this period and the Protestants were in control. The public schools used the King James translation of the Bible that Catholics strongly objected to. They requested the use of their bible and prayers in the public schools and were denied. Children were forced to become more Protestant if they were to be educated But historical forces changed education. Today religion is still an issue is the public schools, with respect to the pledge of allegiance and the teaching of evolution in the
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