Education Of America In The Early 1700s 1800s

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Education is popular today, and we think none of it. We go to school every day, and it has even gotten some of us to dislike school. However, if you go back in time, those children in the early 1800s were actually wanting to have some sort of education, to be smart, learn how to write, read, etc. One of the greatest reformers of public education was Horace Mann.
Horace Mann was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1827. While in the legislature, one of the legislators noticed that the barely one-third of the school-age children were receiving an education. The teachers were barely paid enough, and couldn’t handle the children. Horace Mann decided to “focus on the habits of ...view middle of the document...

In 1789, Massachusetts became the first state to allow girls to attend free public elementary schools as well as boys. Other states followed Massachusetts’ lead by establishing private academies that also allowed girls to be educated. One of the private academies for girls was opened by Emma Hart Willard in Middlebury, Vermont (1814). Willard also opened the Troy Female Seminary, which prepared women into becoming teachers. Not only did schools now allowed girls, but the universities also improved. In 1833, Oberlin College, Ohio, became the first college to accept women as well as men. In 1836, the first all-women college, Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts, was established by Mary Lyon. The education of girls and women wasn’t the only problem. There was also the issue of African-Americans attending public schools because of their skin color.
African-Americans were considered to be low-ranked, so they weren’t allowed to attend public schools. Instead, if they insisted to be educated, they went to Christian churches, who were the first ones to offer them education. The first state to extend education rights to all children regardless of skin color was Maine in 1820. In 1823, Rhode Island also allowed African Americans to public schools. However, the majority of...

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