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the reasons why we have the American Public Education today. 2 Horace Mann, Thoughts selected from the writings of Horace Mann (Boston: H.B. Fuller 1867), Page 18 & 19 3 Horace Mann, Thoughts selected from the writings of Horace Mann (Boston: H.B. Fuller 1867), Page 7
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RESEACH PAPER – THE POWER OF EDUCATION HISTORY 2110 While education may not be a fundamental right under the constitution, the equal protection clause of the 14 th Amendment supports it. The 14 th Amendment states that, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” 4 By directly mentioning the role of the states, this shows that when a state establishes a public school system, no child living in that state may be denied equal access to schooling. This opportunity has been created for all American citizens, the question is, is it being utilized. We still see a situation where we have more educated white people than we do black people. In the past, it was because the black people did not have the means to get an education but, now the government makes it possible. So, is it because the black people are still programmed to believe that work is more important than having an education? Well, according to the article entitled, U.S. Education: Still Separate and Unequal 5 , even though the percentage of black students in public schools is increasing, they do not seem to stay in school long enough to graduate. The government is making it possible that everyone gets an education but it is a personal decision to take the opportunity. According to the author, Lindsey Cook, “
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  • Fall '12
  • JosephBagley
  • Horace Mann, History of education, Education in the United States, words of Horace Mann

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