Why should everyone have access to education and is public education the key to instilling economic prosperity? Horace Mann’s Twelfth Annul Report, On Education and National Welfare, discusses the repercussions “…if one class possesses all the wealth and the education…” I agree with Horace Mann, that education for Americans “…does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor” (Mann, 1848). Mann’s published works in the 19th century inspired the beginning of the foundation of what developed into today’s modern, American education. His methods of reform led to a system where people from various backgrounds and classes would have access to the fundamental skills and knowledge that come from a public education.
If Horace Mann were alive today, would he agree with this concept, of agrarianism, perhaps if applied to a globalized culture? In a current age when westernized countries are commonly considered the wealthier nations, it may be necessary in many cases to bring education to the poorer nations across the world. We live in a complicated global society with varying human issues; the problem is that the roles and goals of education for individual countries and communities will most likely differ from today’s American educational beliefs. While I agree with Horace Mann from an American perspective, I feel I must disagree from a global standpoint; it is a far too complicated issue to apply to every country and community. This concept of education for all may be applicable in many cases but it is also dangerous to apply the concept to every community scenario. Perhaps some cultures may be lost in the process.
Mann, H. (1848). On education and national welfare. 1848 twelfth annual report of Horace Mann as secretary of Massachusetts state board of education.
Scheuerman, R. (2014). Session 7: Practical Universal Education. Personal Collection of (Scheuerman, R.), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.
Washington, B. T. (1895). On achieving social equity. Atlanta Exposition Address.