This is a pretty open ended question... If you mean education in the most basic sense, I doubt that there was any one "inventor". Human nature seems to inspire all of us to seek out information... if that information is found; that in a sense is education. With that said, if you are referring to the public education system (in the U.S.) again, there is probably no one inventor. However, in my opinon, one person has an awful lot to do with establishing the public education system in our country. That person would be Horace Mann. Mann traveled about the country in the late 1800's, convincing state legislatures of the merits of financing their own state public education system. He showed them the benefits to their individual states of having a more educated populous. For example, a more educated public generally has a lower crime rate.