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History of Education in America

  • First Public School Established

    The first public school established in Boston, Massachusetts. It was a boys-only public secondary school.
  • Invention of The Blackboard

    The blackboard was invented! (186)
  • Academic Importance

    Academics became the sole responsibility of public schools
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    Reconstruction Era

    Public schooling became widespread in the South after Civil War
  • Compulsory Attendance

    States began enforcing students of 8 to 14 years old to attend school.
  • Required Completion of Elementary School

    Every state required students to complete elementary school
  • Beginning of Progressive Education

    Processive education was introduced by John Dewey. It encompassed the idea of education children to reach their full potential and actively promote and participate in their society.
  • Multicultural Education

    Multicultural Education became present, spurred by the Civil Rights movement to respond to economic inequality, racism, and sexism in America.
  • Overhead Projector

    It wasn’t long before the presentation devices became a mainstay in classrooms across the country through the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
  • Bilingual Education

    Language minority speakers and their advocates fought for bilingual education as their right. (65)
  • Dry Erase Boards Take Over in The Classrooms

    While the dry erase board was invented in the 50's, it didn't become a successor of the black board until the 70's
  • Education Amendment Title IX

    Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financing.
  • Personal Computer

    The development of the personal computer. (190)
  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act

    The Education for All Handicapped Children Act established the right of all students with disabilities to a "free, appropriate public education" (FAPE).

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  • Ingraham vs Wright

    Supreme Court ruled that corporal punishment in public schools did not violate constitutional rights. It is legal in 19 states today.
  • Racial Segregation Eliminated

    Racially segregating schools in the U.S was eliminated.
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    Research of Gender Inequalities

    Research studies showed that girls were being short changed in schools and classrooms. (81)
  • Understanding Computers

    A report from "A Nation At Risk" called for all high school graduates to be able to both understand and use computers. (190)
  • First Graphing Calculator

    The first commercially available graphing calculator.
  • Excel Launched

    Spreadsheet application Excel was launched by Microsoft
  • Proposition 227

    In California, voters passed Proposition 227, which called for English Language Learners to be taught in a special English immersion program in which nearly all instruction is in English for a year, before moving into mainstream English classrooms.
  • First Virtual School

    University of Phoenix became first to launch fully online college institution.
  • No Child Left Behind

    U.S. entered an era of education accountability and reformed with "No Child Left Behind".
  • Skype Launched

    Skype was launched to promote connectivity between people.
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures the right of individuals with disabilities to nondiscriminatory treatment in aspects of their lives other than education.
  • Reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    Committed the Federal Government in principal to paying 40 percent of the average per pupil cost of educating a special education student by 2011.
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)

    Response to Intervention (RTI) was introduced to catch struggling children early, provide appropriate instruction, and prevent the need to refer the child for special education. (76)
  • Youtube Launched

    Youtube was launched
  • Khan Academy Launched

    Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created by Sal Khan, with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators.
  • Controversy in Arizona

    Arizona State Legislature passed a law that bars all public schools across the state from offering courses designed for a particular ethnic group that advocate ethnic solidarity or that promote resentment toward a race or group of people. (61)
  • 3D Projectors

    According to Texas Instruments, research shows that there’s a 46 percent increase in student engagement and a 34 percent increase in test scores in schools that use DLP 3D Ready projection.
  • National Education Technology Plan

    The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was published calling for a "revolutionary transformation [of Education] rather than evolutionary tinkering". (190)
  • Common Core Standards Developed

    A set of common core standards in English, Arts, and Mathematics was developed by National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (120)
  • Tablet Sales Spike

    Tablet sales to K -12 rise exponentially. (213)
  • High School Threats and Injuries

    7 percent of all students 9-12th grade reported being threatened or injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club in the previous 12 months on school property. ( 109)
  • Teachers Facing Threats/Injury

    7 percent of all teachers (Elementary, middle school, and high school) reported being threatened with injury by a student at their school (109)
  • Reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Result

    While committed to paying 40 percent of the average per pupil cost, the Federal Government only paid 17 percent of its commitment. How can a school properly meet expectations without funding? (74)
  • Drug Use Before Graduation

    49 percent of students had used an illicit drug before graduating high school. (107)
  • Race and Technology

    U.S. Census Bureau reported there are still disparities across racial lines when it comes to access to technology. (217)
  • Binge Drinking

    10 percent of high school seniors participated in extreme binge drinking before graduating. (106)
  • References Part 3

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  • References Part 1

  • References Part 2

    ‌- Staff Writers. (2019, September 17). The History of Online Schooling. OnlineSchools.Org;
    ‌- The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. (2019). Microsoft Excel | Description & History. In Encyclopædia Britannica.