History of education timeline

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    dame school

    private school held in housewifes home taught basic reading, spelling, and religious doctrines.
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    town school

    locally controlled institution public but not free, simple curriculum of reading writing, catechism and arithmetic
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    private tutoring

    for children of the wealthy
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    noah webster

    Although best remembered today for his american dictionary of the english language first published in 1828, noah webster was best known in the nineteenth century for his american spelling book. this small blue backed booklet appeared in 1783 and became the most widely used school book during the early nineteenth century.
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    horace mann

    horace mann was the radical educational reformer of his day. though trained as a lawyer he became eminently successful as an educator and a politician. asked why he had exchanged the pratice of law for education he answered that the interests of a client are small compared with the interests of the next generation.
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    moving school

    provided schooling for communtities spread out over wide areas an itinerant teacher moved from village to village.
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    private venture school

    private schools offering whatever subjects the schoolmaster chose and parents wanted for their children
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    common school

    provided free public locally controlled elementary schooling curiculum emphasized basic skills moral education and citizenship.
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    district school

    replaced town and moving schools public but not free each district hired its own school master again with emphasis on basic skills
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    emphasized play and constructive activities as preparation for elementary school
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    maria montessori

    established preschools run on the principle of allowing the children freedom within a carefully designed enviroment. curriculum focused on three types of experiences pratical, sensory, and formal studies.
  • local control

    originating in new england during colonial times,the concept of local control of schools spread during the nineteenth century with the common school district system. because of a fear of a strong federal government, the farmers made no reference to education.
  • Universal education

    Education for all children haa been a developing theme in american education. In the colonial period, education was reserved for a small minority group mainly white males.
  • Public education

    In the colonial period education was generally private and primarily for the middle and upper classes. Nationhood brought not only the spread of publicly supported education but by the early twentieth century compulsory educaton as well.
  • Comprehensive education

    The basic abilities to read write and do arthmetic were once sufficient to prepare most children for their adult roles in society. However the growth of urban industrial life in america during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries also demanded that people be educated for work.
  • Secular education

    In earliest colonial times the purpose of education was religious training. Beginning in the eighteenth century and progressing through the twentieth, the function of american education became increasingly secular concerned with producing socially responsible citizens.
  • Changing the ideas of the basics

    Literacy and classical learning were the main goals of colonial education, whereas pratical skills for a pragmatic democratic society were the aims of the nineteenth century schools.
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    elementary education