Top 15 Most Important Events That Impacted Education

  • Impact of Jefferson on Education

    Impact of Jefferson on Education
    Jefferson proposed a bill that provided 3 years of free tuition for both females and males. He also pushed the establishment of grammar schools across the nation
  • The Impact of Webster

    The Impact of Webster
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    Webster created the first American spelling book. He felt it was his mission to foster American language. Today Webster dictionaries are the trademark for use of American dictionaries in schools.
  • Common School Movement

    Common School Movement
    1 MOST IMPORTANT One of the first steps of many in education on the path of equalizing education. No longer would only students from wealthy families be able to receive an education, but the poor as well. Aimed to teach common body of knowledge, high quality, and funded with taxes.
  • Horace Mann- Called As Secretary of Board of Education

    Horace Mann- Called As Secretary of Board of Education
    In 1837 Horace Mann was appointed as the first secretary of board of education. Horace took his job very seriously, and personally rode on horse back to check out the conditions of the schools. He visited over a thousand schools! He impacted the need for clean and safe school buildings, and the need for teachers to have proper training.
  • Impact of John Dewey

    Impact of John Dewey
    John Dewey is considered to be the father of progressive education. Dewey believed that teaching and learning would be different if it focused on physical, emotional, and social development. He demonstrated how children learn by doing and that they should be involved in things that interest them.
  • Committee of Ten

    Committee of Ten
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    The Committee of Ten began as an effort to standardize the curriculum. The entire curriculum was dominated by college prep classes that trained students to develop skills such as observation, memory, expression, and reasoning. This has impacted education today as it was the beginning of the realization that schools needed to be more on the same page of what is being taught in the schools.
  • Secondary School Movement

    Secondary School Movement
    This movement pushed the opportunity to expand education beyond elementary school. This came with the intensified need for skill workers. Today this impacts education as public schools now require students to continue on to junior high and high school.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    U.S. Supreme court ruled that segregation of educational facilities has no place in public education. Although it took time before integration began to be implemented, this was a turning point for equalization in education.
  • Sputnik

    In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into space which was the world's first artificial satellite. In the United States the reaction of this was expressed as fear and panic. The gap between intelligence and education became grossly apparent. Immediately focus was shifted to the increased need for higher education in science, math, and engineering skills.
  • Civil Rights Movement

    Civil Rights Movement
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    The Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination against students on basis of race. To implement this new law the government pledged to withhold any funds from schools not complying. Immediate action took place across the nation. This created a ripple effect that impacts us today of equalizing education opportunities.
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    The Elementary and Secondary Education act provided 4 billion dollars to aide disadvantaged students. Government stressed focus of quality and equality of this education.
  • Individuals with Disabilties in Education Act

    Individuals with Disabilties in Education Act
    The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act provided the opportunity for free, public and appropriate education for kids with disabilities. This also entailed that this education would be tailored to their needs.
  • A Nation at Risk Report

    A Nation at Risk Report
    The Nation at Risk report was a huge call to action in education. The first wave including testing of students and teachers to increase literacy, homework, basic skills, school day, and school year. The second wave included the emphasis on more parent involvement and teacher empowerment.
  • School Choice Movement

    School Choice Movement
    The School Choice Movement pushed the idea that students and parents should have a choice where to go to school. This gave the opportunity for both parent and student to personally select education opportunities instead of just on basis of where they live.
  • No Child Left Behind 2001

    No Child Left Behind 2001
    The No Child Left Behind Act required more accountability to teachers and schools with test schools. This required at least annual testing to see where students were at and to document progress. Many felt that there were more sanctions than resources provided.