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ERIC Number: EJ887228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
The Democratic-Republican Societies: An Educational Dream Deferred
Dotts, Brian W.
Educational Horizons, v88 n3 p179-192 Spr 2010
Historians often identify Horace Mann and other middle-class reformers of the mid-nineteenth century as the catalysts of the Common School Movement, the forerunner of today's public school systems. Despite education historians' focus on Mann and his ilk as the original advocates of common schooling, the notion of free universal public education actually originated among several democratic clubs. Identified today generally as Democratic-Republican societies, the clubs' radical conception of education connected learning to reason, deliberation, and democratic action, derived from the revolutionary spirit that had fueled a desire for knowledge for its own sake among many better-informed colonists. This article discusses how the Democratic-Republican societies understood the importance of public education for enhancing civic opportunity and public deliberation, not simply economic opportunity and explains that only education and enlightenment could sufficiently enable commoners to recognize tyranny in its various forms. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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