History of Education

Timeline created by Abbi_Long22
  • The First American college established

    The First American college established
    Harvard @ Cambridge. Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.
  • The Massachusetts Act

    The Massachusetts Act
    This act required all parents and masters (of apprentices) to teach their children how to read to assure that they knew the principals of religion and the capital laws of the commonwealth. Parents were to educate their children in the home.
  • Old Deluder Satan Act

    Old Deluder Satan Act
    This act required towns of 50 + families to hire a schoolmaster to teach children to read & write.Towns of 100+ families were required to hire a grammar schoolmaster to prepare children to attend Harvard. This act made education a social responsibility. Many believed that Satan could easily interfere in the lives of those who could not read the scriptures for themselves For this reason it was vital to their faith & beliefs that all should know how to read the Bible scriptures
  • First Textbook

    First Textbook
    Noah Webster recognized the need for schools to have textbooks on American language and experience. He wrote a 3-volume work, of which the first volume is the most "The American Spelling Book".
  • First academy for girls opened in Philadelphia

    First academy for girls opened in Philadelphia
    John Poor (1752-1829) established the Young Ladies’ Academy of Philadelphia in 1787, which would become the first chartered female academy in the United States five years later. The school was located on Cherry Street, a mere half-mile from where the Constitution was written.
  • Northwest Ordinance of 1787

    Northwest Ordinance of 1787
    Which provided land for settlement & "encouraged" public schools. Schools now started to not only teach reading, writing, and religion, but also added science & math.
  • Boston English High School

     Boston English High School
    Almost two centuries have passed since The English High school was founded and the school has gone through many changes and has accomplished many goals. Up until the early 1800's, the education system in Boston consisted of a scattering of grammar schools throughout the town
  • Law that established High Schools

    Law that established High Schools
    It required towns with 500+ families to have a public high school.The education system in America began to spread as the Perkins School for the Blind opened up in 1829.
  • Formation of the first State Board of Education in Massachusetts

    Formation of the first State Board of Education in Massachusetts
    The Massachusetts education system, with a history going back to 1647, was sputtering. A vigorous reform movement arose, and in 1837 the state created its board of education, one of the first in the country, with Mann assuming stewardship as its secretary.
  • The establishment of the first public "Normal School" in the United States at Lexington

    The establishment of the first public "Normal School" in the United States at Lexington
    The purpose of this school was for teacher education. This was the first school of it's kind to be funded by the government. The first public normal school in the United States was founded in Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1839. Both public and private “normals” initially offered a two-year course beyond the secondary level, but in the 20th century teacher-training requirements were extended to a minimum of four years.