Mann & Moore

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Connections between Mann & Moore

After reading Horace Mann’s “Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education,1848” and Michael Moore’s “Idiot Nation”, I have been able to draw a clear connection between the two articles. The connection I see is that they believe our education is failing us, and both believe our politicians are to blame, they believe our leadership doesn’t know what they need to in order to do their jobs. They do not see our elected representatives striving towards the equal opportunity our country was founded upon. Education reformer, Horace Mann states his conclusion, “it is the duty of all the governing minds in society – whether in office or out of it – to diffuse a knowledge of these beautiful and beneficent laws of health and life throughout the length and breadth of the State; to popularize them; to make them, in the first place, the common acquisition of all, and through education and custom, the common inheritance of all”[118], in other words it is the responsibility of our officials and everyone who elected them, to make sure education is available to everyone equally. Political activist Michael Moore explains in his article, ”Our problem isn’t just that our kids don’t know nothin’, but that the adults who pay their tuition are no better.” He then poses a very legitimate question, “I wonder what would happen if we tested the U.S. Congress to see just how much our representatives know.”[pg.131] As we can see, we are still facing very similar issues concerning politics and education. According to these two authors, the root of the problem is our leadership. Basically in order to create solutions to our educational obstacles we must first have educated officials who understand what needs to happen in order to move forward, ultimately to create the American dream of equal opportunity for all.
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