What is the Problem?
During the 1820's and the 1830's, reformers were trying to make schools more democratic. Before this time, only wealthy children were able to go to school because they could afford the tuition. Many people did not support this idea, thinking that all children should have an equal oppurtunity to get a good education. While the rich children went to expensive private schools, poor children went to second rate schools or did not go at all. A report showed that about one out of three school-aged children were actually attending school during this time period. Reformers thought that education could help keep social society stable and prevent crime and/or poverty in the towns. It would also help to practice good morals in the town. At first, the wealthy people opposed the idea of public education because they thought it was a waste of money. On the other hand, working class people that would initially benefit from the schools were the greatest supporters of the movement. However, even if the schools were able to accommodate even the poorest people in the town, they still might not be able to attend. This is because they rely on the wages their children make in order to survive day to day.
By: Allie D'Orlando, Jill Trischitta, and Nicole Butler