View Full Version : Some things you probably didn't know about Horace Mann

07-20-2010, 09:09 PM
Some of you are no doubt wondering, "who the hell is Horace Mann"?

He is affectionately known as The Father Of American Public Education.

The same System that has been educating American children since 1846.

•Born: 4 May 1796
•Birthplace: Franklin, Massachusetts
•Died: 2 August 1859
•Best Known As: The "Father of American Education"

Horace Mann was a Massachusetts lawyer and social reformer whose advocacy of tax-supported "common schools" laid the groundwork for the American public school system. A Whig, Mann was a lawyer who served in the state legislature (1827-37), was secretary of the commonwealth's first board of education (1837-48), served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1848-52) and then spent the remainder of his career as the president of Ohio's Antioch College (now Antioch University). Brought up in austere Protestantism, Mann became one of the nation's most prominent Unitarians, known for his zeal for social reform. His ambitious program for public schools called for universal education, centralized oversight at the state level and religiously neutral education policies, all of which are still considered the bedrock of American public education.

Mann went to Congress in 1848 to fill the seat of the deceased John Quincy Adams.


What do you suppose was Mr Manns inspiration for the system he fathered?

07-22-2010, 04:13 PM
These are some very interesting historical facts.

I was sorta hoping more than 28 people would see it.