Horace Mann (1779-1859) is best known as the father of the American public education system. Mann improved the school system by limiting private influence, increasing the number of high schools and increasing attendance. In addition, he was instrumental in bettering the salaries for teachers. Review the following quotes from this great advocate for education. Select one of the quotes and explain what it means to you more than 200 years later.

  • “A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.” – Horace Mann
  • “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” – Horace Mann

Recommended Resource: PBS.org. (n.d.). Only a Teacher: Schoolhouse pioneers – Horace Mann (1796-1859). Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/horace.html

Links for Horace Mann –  http://www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/horace.html

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