American Education Week a time to show appreciationHorace Mann was born in 1796 and is widely recognized as the father of American public education.
By: By Doug Sullivan, The Dickinson Press
Horace Mann was born in 1796 and is widely recognized as the father of American public education.
Throughout his life, Mann was passionate about public education and believed it was the great equalizer. In his view, public education could help to eliminate poverty, reduce crime and generally contribute to the improvement and welfare of society as a whole.
Mann believed that, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” Throughout his life he worked to establish and improve a publicly funded school system that was open to all children of the nation.
In an effort to recognize the value of public education and the many contributions it has made to our society and country, schools across our nation will celebrate American Education Week. The theme for this celebration is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.”
It reflects the calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so they can grow, prosper and achieve in the 21st century.
This is a time when the parents and community in general can join in expressing appreciation to all individuals who contribute to the education of our children through the public school system.
American Education Week presents the community with an opportunity to thank all individuals who are critical to the existence and success of the public school system. It is a time to thank the many individuals in the various positions of the school district who contribute to public education and provide a safe environment for our children.
American Education Week is Nov. 14-18. During this time, the Dickinson Public School District will be working with local individuals to celebrate the district and the contributions its employees make to the education of our children and the general welfare of our nation and community.
During this week, I hope you will join with me in expressing appreciation to all of the individuals in the school district who provide valuable service in educating the children of Dickinson. Without their commitment and dedication the lives of our children and the quality of our existence would be significantly diminished.
Contact Sullivan, Dickinson Public Schools superintendent, at 701-456-0002 or Douglas.Sullivan@dickinson.k12.nd.us.