Horace Mann sees education as “the great equalizer of men,—the balance wheel of the social machinery,” and he even goer so far as to claim that “it prevents being poor”. What is the basis of his assertion that “property” follows education and that education can help narrow the gulf between the rich and poor? Use 2-3 of the other essays that we have read so far in class to explain how his formulation may be incomplete. What common factors do the other essays point out that might complicate this equation of the school with social leveling? How might the school, in some ways, be set up to reproduce class distinctions? With these other factors in mind, to what extent can it still be seen as a social leveler.

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Horace Mann sees education as “the great equalizer of men,—the balance wheel of the social machinery,” and he even goer so far as to claim that “it prevents being poor”. What is the basis of his assertion that “property” follows education and that education can help narrow the gulf between the rich and poor? Use 2-3 of the other essays that we have read so far in class to explain how his formulation may be incomplete. What common factors do the other essays point out that might complicate this equation of the school with social leveling? How might the school, in some ways, be set up to reproduce class distinctions? With these other factors in mind, to what extent can it still be seen as a social leveler.

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