History of Education

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  • Jamestown is Established

    the first permanent English settlement in North America is established by the Virginia Company at Jamestown in what is now the state of Virginia.
  • Mayflower Ship arrives

    The Mayflower arrives at Cape Cod, bringing the "Pilgrims" who establish the Plymouth Colony. Many of the Pilgrims are Puritans who had fled religious persecution in England. Their religious views come to dominate education in the New England colonies.
  • First school was established

    The first Latin Grammar School (Boston Latin School) is established. Latin Grammar Schools are designed for sons of certain social classes who are destined for leadership positions in church, state, or the courts.
  • First Free school was opened

    The first "free school" in Virginia opens. However, education in the Southern colonies is more typically provided at home by parents or tutors.
  • First School District Opens

    Hartford Public High School opens in Hartford Connecticut. It is "the second oldest secondary school in the United States."
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  • First library opened

    The first publicly supported library in the U.S. is established in Charles Town, South Carolina. Two years later, the General Assembly of South Carolina passes the first public library law.
  • First English Academy

    Benjamin Franklin helps to establish the first "English Academy" in Philadelphia with a curriculum that is both classical and modern, including such courses as history, geography, navigation, surveying, and modern as well as classical languages. The academy ultimately becomes the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Revolutionary War begins

  • Declaration of Independence is signed

    The Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th. Written by Thomas Jefferson, The document serves notice to King George III and the rest of the world that the American Colonies no longer considered themselves part of the British Empire.
  • Constitutional Convention Assembles

    The Constitutional Convention assembles in Philadelphia. Later that year, the constitution is endorsed by the Confederation Congress (the body that governed from 1781 until the ratification of the U.S. Constitution) and sent to state legislatures for ratification. The document does not include the words education or school
  • The Constitutional Convention assembles

    The Constitutional Convention assembles in Philadelphia. Later that year, the constitution is endorsed by the Confederation Congress (the body that governed from 1781 until the ratification of the U.S. Constitution) and sent to state legislatures for ratification. The document does not include the words education or school
  • Grammatical Institute of the English Language is published

    Because of his dissatisfaction with English textbooks of the day, Noah Webster writes A Grammatical Institute of the English Language , consisting of three volumes: a spelling book, a grammar book, and a reader. They become very widely used throughout the United States.
  • The Revolutionary War officially ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which recognizes U.S. independence and possession of all land east of the Mississippi except the Spanish colony of Florida

  • Ordinance of 1784

    The Ordinance of 1784 divides the Western territories (north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi) into ten separate territories that would eventually become states and have the same rights as the thirteen original states.
  • The Land Ordinance of 1785

    The Land Ordinance of 1785 specifies that the western territories are to be divided into townships made up of 640-acre sections, one of which was to be set aside "for the maintenance of public schools."
  • University of Georgia

    The University of Georgia becomes "America's first state-chartered university."
  • Young Ladies Academy opens

    The Young Ladies Academy opens in Philadelphia and becomes the first academy for girls in the original 13 colonies/states
  • United States Constitution is ratified

    The U. S. Constitution is ratified by the required number of states.
  • University of North Caroline is chartered

    On December 11, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly. It is the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century
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