Creating Learning for the Next Generation
The average schoolchild probably doesn’t know anything about Prussia, Horace Mann, or the complexities of government regulation. However, their lives and futures are being shaped by them right now.
Horace Mann was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1837 and was the most influential person in shaping the American Public Education System. By reading, researching, and visiting other countries like Prussia, he developed the first, widely-used system of education in America.
At the time, the Prussians had one of the top education systems in the entire world. By 1900, all of the PhDs in the U.S. had been attained in Prussia. Teachers would go overseas to study, earn their degrees, and then return to the U.S. to begin working in the leading universities.
However, Prussia’s main goal in setting up their unique-style of education was not just to teach children the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also to instill in them strong loyalty and obedience to the government.
Children were taught how to follow orders, complete tasks quickly, and maintain order in every area of their lives. Yet the values of self-expression, creativity, and critical thinking skills were excluded. Giving the individual the right to solve problems and create was discouraged because of the fear of rebellion against the throne.
When Horace Mann adopted this system of education in America and pushed it to be used across the country, he was actually inhibiting children by not instilling in them key necessary skills and values for success.
Today, schools are still largely focused on pushing students to complete tasks instead of allowing them to solve problems on their own and create new solutions.
At AlvaEDU, our goal is to instigate an evolution of education that enables students to attain a more hands-on learning experience. By giving them new digital tools, men and women will not only gain immense success in their fields, but also attain important values they can use in their everyday lives, such as creativity and critical thinking.