Happy Birthday, Horace Mann!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Thanks to Bertis Downs of Athens, Georgia, a public school parent and a director of the Network for Public Education, for sharing this nugget of inspiration about one of the primary founders of public education:

“From Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac daily email:

http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/

It’s the birthday of the man who said, “Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark, all is deluge.” The father of American public education, Horace Mann, was born on this day in Franklin, Massachusetts, in 1796. He grew up without much money or schooling, and what he did learn, he learned on his own at his local library, which had been founded by Benjamin Franklin. He was accepted into Brown University and graduated in three years, valedictorian of his class.

“He was elected to the state legislature in 1827, and 10 years later, when Massachusetts created the first board of education in the country…

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