"Mann's reforms included the establishment of a single school system throughout the state instead of separate local school districts. He urged separate classrooms for students at different levels of learning, discouraged learning by rote and flogging as punishment. Most importantly, he worked effectively for more and better equipped school houses, longer school years (until 16 years old), higher pay for teachers and a wider curriculum.

In 1852, he supported governor Edward Everett in the decision to adopt the Prussian education system in Massachusetts. Shortly after Everett and Mann collaborated to adopt the Prussian system, the Governor of New York set up the same method in twelve different New York schools on a trial basis.

The practical result of Mann's work was a revolution in the approach used in the common school system of Massachusetts, which in turn influenced the direction of other states. In carrying out his work, Mann met with bitter opposition..." Wikipedia

We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years,
and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are now trusting to those who are against us in position and principle,
to fashion to their own form the minds and affections of our youth.
Thomas Jefferson 1821

  "In this day and country, where education counts for so much, it seems at first sight as if the boy who is compelled to leave school at twelve or thirteen to begin life is much to be pitied, but I am not sure that such is the case. Our schools of today are graded even more than sugars are... The fault of our schools is that they are planned for rich men's sons, and there are no courses laid out for the boy who has to leave school at twelve and start out in the world.
   "But no boy need feel discouraged if he wants to get an education. The best taught men are not always those who graduate from the higher colleges." - William H. Maher

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Authentic American School - Learn, Teach, Unlearn.

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A Prussian School - No Unlearning Allowed.

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