Education Reforms

By: Luz, Anna, Bryson and Coleman

Education Reform 1800-1860

  • 1830 only a few states supported some type of Education
  • The Massachusetts Board of Education was created in 1837
  • Horace Mann was the 1st secretary in the Board
  • The Goal of the Reform was too
    • Improve Equality of getting education

    • wanted to guide the way to bringing

    • better organized education systems

Causes Of Education Reforms

    • No state had a system of universal public education during the 1830’s

    • Only available school establishments were school that were tax-supported schools

    • Private or religious school were available to upper class and wealthy families

    • This was unfair and it discriminated lower classes

Result of The Reform

  • With the results of Mann’s accomplishments, he was able to recognize the Massachusetts school system,

    • Extended the school year to six months

    • Double the teachers salaries

    • Enriched the Curriculum

    • Introduce new teaching lessons

  • The creation of better schools and colleges with more qualified teachers were also a benefit to the reform.

Todays Society

  • In 2002, due to the implication of the No Child Left Behind Act the idea of Standardized testing was forced into school systems, even more than in years before

  • There are seravel downfalls in Standardized Testing, one being that the stakes for students,teachers and schools is too high. Based on the school's test scores it determines how much funding the school is given by the government. This pressure put on testing does not create a solid environment for learning, it produces a feeling of stress that will not created the results desired.

  • Many education experts say that this form of multiple choice standardized testing is not a truly measuring what students have learned in the classroom. They believe that test questions should be open ended. Experts also believe that teacher are “teaching for the test” instead of teaching to create well rounded students.

  • This form of teaching also produces extreme anxiety in students that hinders their ability to test well.

Horrace Mann

  • was the first secretary of the Mass. Board of Education, he was one of the first people to emphasize open education during the antebellum era. Helped improve children’s education. He inspired other states and reformists.

Henry Barnard:

  • In the 19th century he actively served Connecticut, his home state in the field of education. His career included service as the first secretary of the Connecticut Board of Education. He was also the first commissioner of education for the US.

  • As part of the Connecticut Legislature Bernard supported the improvement of the state’s district schools.

  • In 1838 he succeeded in passing an act that provided a better supervision of several institutions.

  • As a secretary of the Connecticut Board Bernard, developed work in school inspections, recommended textbooks, organized teachers institutes and associations.

Mary Lyon

Was a american Pioneer in Education, went through school until the age of 13 then she became a teacher, she later went to manage many schools in Massachusetts.

Her goal was to always achieve away for women to gain a better Education than what they were getting. Her first school, when the doors open had 80 people. But later her numbers grew much more.

  • produced Wheaton College
  • established the Wheaton Female Seminary
  • established Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
  • became the First principle for 12 years

Emma Willard

  • in 1821 opened the first school that was academically challenging for women in Troy New York, called the Troy Female Seminary

  • Many people were against the school, saying “they will be educating cows next”

  • Willard's school carried on through mockery continuing to create an education system for women to produce quality


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