The Economics of Horace Mann – Teaching How Public Education Was Sold to America

nerc46-presbannerWednesday, Sturbridge, 1:00–2:00

The Economics of Horace Mann – Teaching How Public Education Was Sold to America

Neil Arneson, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

We all know Horace Mann is the father of public education but how many of you can explain how and why he got this title? This session focuses on how students can learn, discuss and judge the economic arguments Mann used to get political and business support for public education. Instead of looking at the usual topics of tariffs, sectionalism, and abolition during the 1830’s and 40’s participants can get ideas and lesson examples for teaching about the creation and rapid growth of the public education system that exists today.

Target Audience: High School, College/University,

Strand Identification: Civics/Government, Education Issues, Economics