The Devastating Rise of Mass Schooling

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For generations, children learned in their homes, from their parents, and throughout their communities. Children were vital contributors to a homestead, becoming involved in household chores and rhythms from very early ages. They learned important, practical skills by observing and imitating their parents and neighbors–and by engaging in hands-on apprenticeships as teens–and they learned literacy and numeracy around the fireside.

Forced schooling was intended as an antidote to “corrupt parents,” but not, presumably, for morally superior parents like Mann, who continued to homeschool his own three children.