(Pasadena Weekly) -- In 1837, a remarkable politician, Horace Mann, became Massachusetts’ Secretary of Education. He argued that universal, public, nonsectarian education in culturally diverse common schools was imperative for our new nation. Mann’s idea spread like wildfire. The free common school concept was adopted in every state in the union.
After the Civil War, the free tuition principle was expanded to include higher education. It worked for a century.
A Pathway for Immigrant’s Children
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In 1966 I finished college. I joined my sister as the first generation of our family to cross the divide. My father was an immigrant; my mother was the daughter of immigrants. The family had little wealth to show despite their life of hard work.