Education: Democracy's Prophet

The stern face of Horace Mann looks down from the walls of the principal's office in thousands of public schools. Almost everybody who got past the fourth grade has been pounded with such Mannly aphorisms as "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" and "Lost . . . two golden hours, each set with 60 diamond minutes."

Behind the portrait and the proverbs, there is a Mann whose practical accomplishments in the cause of public education in the 19th century prompted John Dewey to call him "the greatest of the...

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