Horace Mann

Horace Mann

Horace Mann was an American education reformer. He was very active in political space too. He contributed for the speedy developments in the Massachusetts State Legislature. He was the Secretary of the State Board of Education and serve from is beginning. Later on he became the United States House of Representatives. He continued the post and promoted the agenda of training the government school teachers to improve the quality of education.

Birth: Horace was born on May 4, 1796 and died on August 2, 1859.

Childhood

Horace Mann was born in a poor family in Franklin, Massachusetts. He went for a home education and was a self-taught man. Mann was just 20 years when he got admission in to the sophomore class at Brown University. He then developed interest in politics, education and social reform. After his graduation, Horace gave a speech on the right development of the human race which was a huge success.

Education

Horace father was not very rich and struggling for the daily livelihood. He was not fortunate enough to get good schooling. But he was visiting the library frequently to upgrade his knowledge. At the age of 20 he started his graduation and finished in three years. He made a project report on “The Progressive Character of the Human Race.” He learned about law at Wrentham, Massachusetts. He taught Latin and Greek to students. He was a librarian for a short duration also.

Career

Horace practiced law for several years and then won a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He took it for a longer time and served there from 1827 to 1833. After that he moved to the senate and worked there from 1835 to 1837. He made all efforts to improve upon the infrastructural requirements by constructing the railroads and canals, among other projects.

Achievement

Horace Mann took time and traveled every school in the state and tried to physically examine each school at basic level. He planned and executed the Massachusetts normal school pedagogical system in Lexington, Barre, and Bridgewater. He started a series of annual reports and offered a wide circulation of the same. It was considered as being "among the best expositions, if, indeed, they are not the very best ones, of the practical benefits of a common school education both to the individual and to the state". By his support the quality in the schools was improved a lot.

Awards

He has been given a lot of respect in many ways. There are many school buildings in the United States which have been given names after Horace Mann. Many notable scholars and historians consider him as the most important leader of education.  There is a statue of Horace Mann standing in front of the Massachusetts State House that reminds his great personality. The Springfield, Illinois-based Illinois Education Association Mutual Insurance Company has given the honor to Mann by changing its name after him as the Horace Mann Educators Corporation.

Horace Mann Quotes

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.
- Horace Mann

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
- Horace Mann

Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.
- Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.
- Horace Mann

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
- Horace Mann

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.
- Horace Mann

Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.
- Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
- Horace Mann