"We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled
to look upon all parents as having given hostages to our cause."
Horace Mann
(1796-1859) American education reformer, abolitionist, first secretary of education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts House of Representatives (1827-1833), Massachusetts Senate (1833-1837)
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Your children are hostages, more like prisoners. Maybe thats why so many schools look like prisons.
 -- jim k, austin     
    Mann expresses a grave illness that has swept over this, and most nations of the world.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Sacred cause? Holy Sh*t! Sacred to whom? These people are unbelieveable.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Yes children are special and they are the future and anyone coming in contact with them should consider it mandatory to treat them with truthfulness and all of those other values that sacredness entails. The assigned teacher should know that they are standing in place of the parent who has the responsibility but not the skills to fulfill the task. Hostages for a few hours, as we all know as we wait for the school bell, who return each day to their parents. Mike, Mann died in 1859 their is a Private School in New York named after him. In any sensitive reading of this sentence anyone should know he was speaking of the teachers responsibility to the parent and child.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    What exactly was this cause? I doubt that it was education. Again, I say this is another dangerous mindset. If children are thought of as hostages, what happens to the children if their demands are not met?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    There is no shortage of arrogance among so-called 'educators.' If they really had something worth learning, not only would students not need to be coerced to attend classes, they would even pay to attend. Knowledge is power -- and those with the power are not giving it up by preparing the proletariat to compete with them. That is why we are not actually taught about money, power, servitude, and truth -- no, that you will have to seek out yourself, hopefully before you are in debt, powerless, enslaved, and bound to illusion.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    The cause is education. Much better to have teachers like Mann running our education system than what we have now.
     -- warren, olathe     
    I feel like a fool having been indoctrinated by a system that destroyed the moral fiber of our nation - take back your schools Parents!!!
     -- David, Pasadena Tx     
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