Nowhere Mann

Source: Heartland Institute
by Larry Sand

In a recent New York Times piece, ‘School Is for Everyone,’ Anya Kamenetz lavished praise on 19th Century education reformer Horace Mann …. Mann and his acolytes insisted that shifting the reins of educational power from private to public hands would ‘yield better teaching methods and materials, greater efficiency, superior service to the poor, and a stronger, more cohesive nation.’ He even ventured to predict that if public schooling were widely adopted and given enough time to work, ‘nine-tenths of the crimes in the penal code would become obsolete,’ and ‘the long catalogue of human ills would be abridged.’ On the macro level, Mann was dead wrong. Our nation, with its massive education bureaucracy, is more divided than ever, crime is skyrocketing, and we have more ‘human ills’ than we can handle. On the micro level, he also misses the boat.” (09/22/22)