The Influence of Horace Mann on Educational Reform
St. Petersburg College
This paper discusses the influence of Horace Mann on the issue of education of the masses, evident in his dedication to improving the quality of education through the process of improving teacher education, increasing available funding, and standardizing the quality of educational experience provided to its students. It addresses specifically the areas presented in several of Mann’s Annual Reports published during his tenure including the areas of school buildings, moral values, school discipline, and the quality of teachers.
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Opposition to Mann's Common-School Reforms
There were three many parties opposing Mann’s common-school movement. The first was the Calvinists, led by Frederick Packard, concerned that he was rejecting their specific doctrine as the moral foundation for the common schools.
The second argument came in the form of a documented response to Mann’s Seventh Annual Report by the heads of many Boston schools. Their contention was basically that Mann’s sweeping criticisms were unfounded, and that, as a relative newcomer to the field of education, he had no foundation for his statements regarding the current state of Massachusetts schools. (Remarks on the, 1844)