Education Reform

A major reform movement that won widespread support was the effort to make education available to more children. Most children did not attend school. Teachers were under paid, and the buildings were not what they are today.

The citizens voted to pay taxes to build better schools, to pay teachers higher salaries and to establish special training schools for teachers

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Important People


’…And looky here – you drop that school, you hear? I’ll learn people to bring up a boy to put on airs over his own father and let on to be better’n what he is. You lemme catch you fooling around that school again, you hear? Your mother couldn’t read, and she couldn’t write, nuther, before she died. None of the family couldn’t
before they died. I can’t; and here you’re a-swelling yourself up like this. I ain’t the man to stand it – you hear?...’”
Horace Mann