American Education

  • Blue-backed Speller

    Blue-backed Speller
    Noah Webster, a teacher in New York, created the first American textbook that consisted of a reading spelling, and grammer section. It is still known in America today as the "American Spelling Book".
  • Young Ladies Academy

    Young Ladies Academy
    The Young Ladies Academy is founded in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787. It is said to be the first all girls school founded in America. Male teachers taught subjets such as reading, spelling, writing, and math. A year after it was built, almost 100 girls were attending the school.
  • First Deaf and Blind School opens

    First Deaf and Blind School opens
    A school called The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons is opened. It is the first school in America specifially for deaf people. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc are the school's founders. The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons opens. It is the first permanent school for the deaf in the U.S. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc are the school's co-founders.
  • America's first public high school is founded

    America's first public high school is founded
    America's first public high school was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1821. It was named the Engish High School. The first head master was Dr. George B. Emerson. It was created as a result of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association. For 151 years, it was an all boys school, but in 1972 it started to admit girls too.
  • First school for thr Blind

    First school for thr Blind
    A school called The New England Asylum for the Blind opened in Massachusetts. It was the first school built in America for blind students. Samuel Gridley Howe was the director of the school and the one who opened it. He got his idea from visiting Europe and seeing one of their school for the blind.
  • School for Arfican Americans

    School for Arfican Americans
    The African Institute opened in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. This was one of the first schools opened for African Americans. It is also one of the longest standing schools in American. It is now known as Cheyney University. Richard Humphreys was the founder of the original school.
  • The Secretary of Education

    The Secretary of Education
    Horace Mann became the Secretary of Education in 1837. He became known as the "Father of Education" for all of the revisions he made in the field of education. He presided over the establishment of the first normal school. About fifty high schools were made in his time as the Secretary of Education.
  • First College for Women

    First College for Women
    Mount Holyoke Female Seminary opened its doors in 1837. It is the the first college for women in America. It was founded by Mary Lyon. This was also the school that Emily Dickenson attended.
  • Normal Schools

    Normal Schools
    In Lexington, Massachusetts, three women were given examinations that let them into the first school specifically made for teaching education. These schools were called "normal schools" because they only taught one thing. James G. Carter is known as the "Father of the American Normal School".
  • National Education Association is formed

    National Education Association is formed
    The National Education Associatin was first built to encourage teachers to and to promote teaching and education in America. It started out as the Natioal Teachers Association. It was first created for male public school teachers, but eventually broadened its requirements to all teachers. The NEA is still a functioning orginazition that engourages eduation in America.
  • Morrill Act passes

    Morrill Act passes
    The Morrill Act (also known as the Land Grant College Act) was passed by Abraham Lincoln on July 2, 1862. This act was introduced by Justin Smith Morrill, a congressman from Vermont. This act gave 30,000 acres to each state that was set aside for education purposes. The acres were sold to people hoping to build colleges to teach Americans about practical things such as agriculture, mechanics, or home economics.
  • First College for Deaf people

    First College for Deaf people
    Edward Miner Gallaudet started the Gallaudet University, the first college specifically made for deaf students.
  • The Department of Education

    The Department of Education
    The Department of Education was created. It helped states create orderly schools and made sure they were being equal to all people.
  • The Dewey Decimal System

    The Dewey Decimal System
    The Dewey Decimal System is published and patented. This system was developed by Melvil Dewey. This system is still the worlds most widely-used library classification system.
  • Indian Schools

    Indian Schools
    The Carlisle Indian Industrial School opensed in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1879. This was the first Indian boarding school made in the United States. The purpose of these schools was to accomidate Indian children to American ways and associate them with our values.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    This case reinforced the "seperate but equal" legal policy. This made segregation acceptable not only in railroad cars, bathrooms, and restaruants, but also in schools.
  • The Association of American Universities

    The Association of American Universities
    The Association of American Universities is founded to ensure that colleges are teaching practical things and to promote higher education amongst Americans.
  • First Junior College

    First Junior College
    Joliet Junior College is the first junior college to open in America as an experimental post-graduate school. It was built in Joliet, Illinois. J. Stanley Brown and William Rainey Harper were its founders.
  • The Progressive Education Association

     The Progressive Education Association
    The Progressive Education Association is founded in order to reform American education. These reformers promoted child-centered education.
  • Transportation System

    Transportation System
    By 1919, all states have not adopted some form of transportation to and from schools.
  • SAT

    SAT
    The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, is first given in 1926. It is based on the Army Alpha test. It is used to measure how well a child is prepared for college.
  • Mendez vs. Westminster and the California Board of Education

    Mendez vs. Westminster and the California Board of Education
    This federal case changed segregation in California. The ruling stated that segregating Mexicans and white people in schools was unconstitutional. This also helped the Brown vs. Board of Education rule as it did.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    Oliver Brown and thirteen other parents from Topeka, Kansas filed a suit against the Board of Education because of the segregation in schools. They believed since African Americans had equal citizenship rights, they should also have equal rights to any school. They won the case and segregation in schools was legally outlawed.
  • Little Rock 9

    Little Rock 9
    Federal troops are sent to enforce integration in Little Rock, Arkansas. The "Little Rock 9" enroll at Central High School but were not allowed to enter the school. President Eisenhower entervined and forced the govenor and people of Kansas to let them go to school there. This was a major event in the Civil Rights Movement but also for segregation in schools.
  • Engel vs. Vitale

    Engel vs. Vitale
    In the case of Engel v. Vitale, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that enorcing a prayer to be said in a public school was inconstitutional, according to the First Amendment. This case was brought forth because a public school in New York was encorcing a prayer to be recited every morning.
  • Coral Way Elementary School

    Coral Way Elementary School
    Coral Way Elementary School becomes the first bilingual public school in America. This school was built in Miami, Florida, and was made bilingual because of the rising number of Cuban immigrants.
  • Epperson v. Arkansas

    Epperson v. Arkansas
    This case was brought forth in Arkansas. The court ruled that the Arkansas law that stated teaching evolution was prohibited was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment.
  • Equal Educational Opportunities Act

     Equal Educational Opportunities Act
    The Equal Educational Opportunities Act is passed in 1974. This act requires the equal opportunity for any race to have an education. It advocated the integration of schools.
  • The University of Phoenix

    The University of Phoenix
    The University of Phoenix becomes the first college offer the choice of earning a bachelor's and/or master's degrees online.
  • Columbine Shooting

    Columbine Shooting
    The Columbine shooting becomes the most deadly shooting in school history leaving 15 dead and 23 wounded. The school was in Littleton, Colorado and, as a result, made schools have more security.