In 1837, modern public education was born in Massachusetts under the influence of Horace Mann. He is revered as the “Father of modern public education.” Mann was president of the Massachusetts Legislature and chairman of the new state board of education of America’s first public school system. He was a Unitarian, who denied the Trinity and deity of Christ. He did not believe in the inspiration and authority of the Bible.
The fact that the entire educational system for all of the children of America was in the hands of the Christian Church was deplorable to him. He thought something must be done to remedy that situation. His answer was state education, education run, operated, and controlled by the state. Hence, the modern, public educational system was begun in an effort to deliver children from the Christian religion.
Kennedy, D.J. and Newcombe, J. (2001). What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? [ebook]. Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville. Location 969