History of Education

  • Harvard College Established

    Harvard College Established
    Harvard College was the first higher education institution in the United States. The college was set in Newtowne, Massachusetts (later known as Cambridge).
  • New England Primer

    The New England Primer was a textbook used by students in New England as well as other English settlements in North America. Over five million copies of this book were sold.
  • Young Ladies Acadamy

    Was established in Philadelphia and became the first female acadamy in the US.
  • Boston English High School

    The first public high school opens in Boston, Massachusetts
  • First Kindergarten

    The first kindergarten in the US is started in Watertown, Wisconsin by Margarethe Schurz.
  • The Department of Education

    The Department of Education is formed to help states create effective school systems
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    The Supreme Court case that passed the "seperate but equal" policies legal. This case was a precedent to justify many other segregation laws.
  • John Dewey: Democracy and Education

    John Dewey: Democracy and Education
    An Introduction to the Philosopy of Education is published. Dewey's views help advance the ideas of "progressive education movement".
  • Transportation

    A law is passed by all states providing funds for transportation to school.
  • Tennessee vs. John Scopes

    John Scopes , a high school biology teacher, is charged with a crime for teaching evolution in a public school. This case started the conflict with evolution vs. creationism that is still ongoing.
  • Jean Piaget

    Jean Piaget publishes "The Child's Concept of the World" is released. His theory of cognitive development becomes an important influence in American Education.
  • GI Bill

    This bill was signed by FDR giving about 7.8 million WWII veterans money to attend college.
  • McCollum vs. The Board of Education

    The Supreme Court case rules that students cannot have "released time" during a school day which was used for religious teachings.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    A court case that overturned the "seperate but equal" case dealing with Plessy vs. Ferguson
  • ACT

    The first ACT test is administered.
  • Engel vs. Vitale

    A Supreme Court case that states that public schools are not allowed to make students recite prayers in school.
  • No Child Left Behind Act

    No Child Left Behind Act
    The NCLB act is passed that requires schools to have to meet academic standards and provide penalties for schools who do not.