Horace Mann's Effect On Education In The Era Of Education

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Horace Mann once said that “Education…beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, —the balance-wheel of the social machinery,” (159). Mann lived in the nineteenth century, which one could characterize as an era of inequality but also an era of change and reform. Historically, social classes, such as the ones established in Europe, were inescapable: one was born a peasant with no chance to change his or her station, and one was born into nobility even though he or she did not earn the title. This system was anathema to Mann, who visualized an education system for America that offered all students a chance to make something of themselves no matter what their background or parentage was (159). During…show more content…
Even if all colleges did cost an inordinate amount of money, this does not necessarily mean that some students will inevitably fail. To say that one is limited because of his or her education disregards one’s unique potential and ability to overcome obstacles. For example, it is possible to get employment without a college degree, even though unemployment rates are higher for high school graduates (Ellis 169). In addition, college does not have to be expensive; some colleges are more affordable than others but still provide their students with a quality education. Financial aid is also available for those who cannot afford college, making it possible to achieve higher learning without paying the exorbitant costs (Hoxby and Avery 174). At the end of the day, however, the quality of education that one receives has more to do with the individual and how hard he or she is willing to work to better him or herself, not what high school or college one attends, and since this is a matter that lies in the hands of the individual, it is more of a matter of personal responsibility than civil

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