Horace Mann's School And Society: Chapter Analysis

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This essay will discuss several socio-educational issues imbedded in the School and Society textbook. The focus of this paper centers on the first five chapters of the text. Were we will compare how the issues relate to today’s current practice in today’s school and society. In chapter one, we will look at the Athenian Political Economy and how society provided for participation of citizens in government, and expected the education experience fit citizens for that responsibility. Chapter 2 will focus on Jefferson’s plan for popular Education and his proposed four tier educational structure. Chapter 3 will cover the Quality of teachers according to Horace Mann. Chapter 4 will discuss the Reconstruction, Redemption, and African American Schooling.…show more content…
Whereas education during Jefferson’s era was, voluntary and he believed in teaching everyone the basics. Additionally, Jefferson believed that students in the elementary schools should read enough history “by appraising them of the past, will enable them to judge the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men…”(S&S pg. 40). Whereas in today’s practice, elementary students receive about forty-five minutes of history a month until they enter 5th or 6th grade. In chapter three, the Quality of Teachers according to Horace Mann “the education and the quality of the state’s teachers was the inadequate preparation most teachers had received” (S&S pg. 73). Considering many of the teachers had not received higher education or proper training because the universities offered pedagogy whereas not all offered a full teaching program. However, in modern American, not only is there a sufficient source of educational programs that provide future teachers with diversified pedagogy, the programs also offer a practicum component were teachers can conduct classroom
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