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Horace Mann was one of the chief architects of the compulsory, government school system in America. His zeal in creating a statist system overwhelmed the teachers at the time who vehemently opposed his vision.
We are living today with a less and less educated populace because of men like him.
The schooling system he implemented, which was later taken across the nation, came from the state of Prussia. This Prussian model was the one that eventually lead to the government school system of Germany. It only took a few generations to lead to Adolf Hitlers election.
Germany's compulsory school law was instituted at that time.
The government should never be allowed to indoctrinate a nation's youth.
Review: Republic and the School: Horace Mann on the Education of Free MenUser Review - Jessica - Goodreads
Absolutely wonderful background of the man (pun intended) who set the bar pretty damn high for America's education system. Clear and concise, you'll breeze through it, but everything you read will stick. Read full review