Improving public education

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Improving public education.  The demand for free public education grew during the 1830s as the franchise expanded. Education  was deemed important for creating an informed electorate. In addition, factory workers wanted their  children to have more opportunities than they had had, and schooling was seen as a way to  assimilate the children of immigrants through the inculcation of American values.  Already-existing schools generally taught the “three Rs”—reading, writing, and arithmetic—to a room  full of boys and girls whose ages might have run from three to eighteen. Reformers found that  system inadequate for preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing society. Massachusetts,  as it had during the early colonial period, took the lead in promoting education. In 1827, the state 
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