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The Origins of the American Public Education System: Horace Mann & the Prussian Model of Obedience


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The American Public Education System was directly imported from Prussia (modern day Germany). This model of "free and compulsory" education was designed by the Prussian Emperor, in order to generate obedient workers and soldiers who would not question his authority. In the 1830's, American Lawmaker Horace Mann visited Prussia and researched its education methodology. He was infatuated with the emperor's method of eliminating free thought from his subjects and designed an education system for Massachusetts directly based on these concepts. The movement then quickly spread nationally. Horace Mann said, "The State is the father of children." Do you want your children growing up in total submission to the State? Credit goes to Brendan Conway-Smith and Eve Zarifa



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