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Parental Involvement in Common Schools There are all together six goals of a common school system which Im going to discuss in details throughout my essay and also how parental involvement can help schools achieve these goals The overall general goal of the system is to secure democracy Thomas Jefferson argued that democracy required citizens to deliberate publicly and to use their reason to decide among competing ideas for guiding the nation Oakes Lipton 1999 P 4 Jefferson believed that all children should be provided three years of schooling and that will ready them with citizenship these three years will be focused on basic literacy-reading writing and math In 1830s Horace Mann argued all Americans should be educated in common schools that would complement what families taught their children at home Oakes Lipton 1999 P 5 Common schools are later to be called what is known today as Public school which means equal school but schools today are not equal Mann wanted common schools to teach knowledge and habits and basic literacy those things are crucial for a citizen to function in a democracy As I have mentioned earlier there are six goals of a common school system The first goal is to help preserve American culture When schoolchildren first recited the Pledge of Allegiance on Columbus Day in 1892 their teachers were told to have students follow the Pledge by shouting One Country One Flag One Language Oakes Lipton 1999 P 6 Teachers are supposing to Americanize children of newcomers teaching them about American culture and forming them to become an American The second goal is to support economic stability Schools were added social studies courses to the curriculum hoping that these courses might prepare students to tackle the social and economic problems of the time The business sectors believe that the common school was key to the nations economic life Oakes Lipton 1999 P 7 The
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