Up From Slavery

Describe the purpose of education during the Reconstruction Era.

What chapter does it speaks about this also?

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The purpose of education was elevation, and this theme was the reason he became an educator. He believed that the main reason for education should be based upon the elevation of the individual, that it should be a means out of the world of deprivation.


Up From Slavery

Section V speaks of the purpose of education. For the most part, the freed slaves believed that even a little education would change their status in life. The government had no real plan for their education, so schools were filled with many wanting to learn, but most learned only a minimal amount. The people who got even a tiny bit more education, became either teachers or ministers. However, the teachers were not necessarily qualified to do much more than the "basics" so the who purpose of education as we see it today was never accomplished.