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History of American Education 1700's-2000's

By nicolen
  • The Beginning of it all

    The Beginning of it all
    75% males
    65% females
    3 R's (Reading, Writing, Rithmetic)
    Schools only went up to secondary school
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    History of American Education

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson creates a two-part educational system.
    "the laboring and the learned"
  • Noah Webster

    Noah Webster
    Webster was dissatisfied with English textbooks so he wrote a book named "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language". This book has three sections.
    1) spelling book
    2) grammar book
    3) reading
  • Land of Ordinance

    Land of Ordinance
    Western territories were divided into townships made up of 640-acre sections, and were set aside "for the maintenance of public schools."
  • Young Ladies Academy

    Young Ladies Academy
    This academy opens in Philadelphia and becomes the first academy for girls in America.
  • The First Blackboard

    The First Blackboard
    James Pillans creats the first black board
  • Deaf and "Dumb" people have an opportunity

    The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons opens. It is a permanent school for the deaf in the U.S.
  • Boston English High School

    Boston English High School
    The first public high school in Boston English High School opens.
  • Massachusetts passes a law

    The state of Massachusetts passes a law requiring towns of more than 500 families to have a public high school open for all students.
  • New England Asylum

    New England Asylum
    The New England Asylum for the Blind, now known as the Perkins School for the Blind, in Massachusetts, the first school in the U.S. for children with visual disabilities.
  • The First Superintendent

    Louisville, Kentucky appoints the first school superintendent.
  • College for Women!

    College for Women!
    Eighty women get to be the first to have a little taste of college arrive at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
  • The African Institute

    The African Institute
    The African Institute (later called the Institute for Colored Youth) opens in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. The oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans.
  • Attendance

    Massachusetts passes the first mandatory attendance law. All states follow this by 1918.
  • Pennsylvania Training School for Children with Disabilities

    Pennsylvania funds the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble-Minded Children, which is a private school for children with intellectual disabilities.
  • First Free Library

    First Free Library
    The Boston Public Library opens to the public. It is the first "free municipal library" in the U.S.
  • The National Teachers Association

  • Michigan State Supreme Court

    The Michigan State Supreme Court rules that Kalamazoo gives taxes to support a public high school.
  • First Medical College for African Americans

    First Medical College for African Americans
    Meharry Medical College is founded in Nashville, Tennessee. It is the first medical school in the south for African Americans.
  • DDS

    The Dewey Decimal System
  • First Female Superintendent

    Educational reformer Ella Flagg Young becomes the first female superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools.
  • The Creation of Junior High School

    Indianola Junior High School opens that fall and becomes the first junior high school in the U.S.
  • The Great Depression affects education

    Public education funding suffers greatly, resulting in school closings, teacher layoffs, and lower salaries because of the stock market crash.
  • Alvarez vs. Board of Trustees

    California School District becomes the first successful school desegregation court case in the United States, as the local court forbids the school district from placing Mexican-American children in a separate "Americanization" school.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,"
  • ACT

    The ACT Test is first administered.
  • Readjustment Benefits Act

    Public Law 358, the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966, provides educational benefits,
  • No Child Left Behind Act

    The Bilingual Education Act, also know as Title VII, becomes The No Child Left Behind in 2002.
  • First Magnet School

    First Magnet School
    McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington becomes the nation's first magnet school.
  • Monkey Trial

    Monkey Trial
    The Monkey Trial basically prohibited the teaching of evolution in a public school.
  • Diana cs. California State Board

    The case of Diana v. California State Board results in new laws requiring that children referred for possible special education placement be tested in their primary language.
  • Deschooling Society

    In Ivan Illich's controversial book, Deschooling Society, he criticizes traditional schools and calls for the end of compulsory school attendance.
  • Deschooling Society

    In Ivan Illich controversial book, Deschooling Society, he criticizes traditional schools and calls for the end of compulsory school attendance.
  • PARC

    In the case of Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (PARC) v. Pennsylvania, the federal court rules that students with mental retardation are entitled to a free public education.
  • Child Defense Fund

    Marian Wright Edelman founds the Children's Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization.
  • Equal Educational Opportunities Act

    Equal Educational Opportunities Act
    The Equal Educational Opportunities Act prohibits discrimination and requires schools to take action to overcome barriers which prevent equal protection.
  • The Education of All Handicapped Children

    The Education of All Handicapped Children
    The Education of All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) becomes federal law and requires that a free, appropriate public education, are available for handicapped students.
  • Homeschooling

    John Holt's book, Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path for Education, adds momentum to the homeschooling movement.
  • First Charter School

    First Charter School
    City Academy High School, the nation's first charter school, opens in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • No more Blackboards!

    No more Blackboards!
    Whiteboards find their way into U.S. classrooms in increasing numbers and begin to replace the blackboard.
  • CompuHigh

    CompuHigh is the first online high school.
  • Pre-School

    Georgia becomes the first state to offer preschool to four year olds
  • AAMR

    On January 1, 2007, the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) became the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), joining the trend toward use of the term intellectual disability in place of mental retardation.
  • UGH TESTS!!!!!!

    UGH TESTS!!!!!!
    New York parents opt 150,000 kids out of standardized tests as the revolt against high-stakes testing grows.