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The Widespread Growth of the Common School and Higher Education
The widespread growth of the common school and higher education

The rise of the common or public school and the proliferation of colleges is one of the most intriguing times in the history of American education. Although most Americans almost take for granted the presence of public schools, from their inception as a part of a national movement, these schools sparked controversy and political division (Glenn, 1988; Mondale & Patton, 2001). Nevertheless, several educational leaders led by Horace Mann, Henry Barnard, and others rose to the occasion and implemented a vision for the common schools that eventually, after the Civil War, captured the imagination and support of the American people (Mondale & Patton, 2001). The growth ...

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