Who Started Schools?

Who Started Schools?

Leigha Dowell, reporter

Credit for our modern version of the school system usually goes to Horace Mann. When he became Secretary of Education in Massachusetts in 1837, he set forth his vision for a system of professional teachers who would teach students an organized curriculum of basic content. The Syms School was founded in 1635, as the first free school in the Americas, but this was not the first attempts at establishing an education system. The first attempt was a move in 1619-1620 by the London Company to begin a school to educate Indian children in Christianity.