- served on Massachusettes
House of Representatives and Senate
- first State Secretary of
- served in the U.S. Congress
- first President of Antioch
Major Contributions to Instructional
- drafted and passed legislation
called the "EducationBill of 1837." This bill mandated a powerful
state board of education and secretary
- instituted a minimum school
year of six months, a doubling of educational appropriations, 50 additional
schools, increased public support, higher teacher salaries, new curricula,
new teaching methods based upon European models, professional training
of teachers, and professional standards overseen by one central authority
- organized annual educational
conventionsall over America and he helped to create the first American
schools for training teachers
Findings, Research, Studies
Raised in poverty, Horace Mann
educated himself in his early years, became a lawyer, and later went into
politics becoming the first great American advocate of public education.
He argued for educational reform, free public education, and teacher training
and worked to end slavery.
Horace Mann's contribution to education.