History of American Education Term Paper by Patricia

History of American Education
A historical overview of the origins and development of American education.
# 151525 | 4,400 words | 28 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2012 in Education (General) , History (General)

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This paper traces the evolution of educational institutions and identifies the contributions of individuals and groups whose decisions shaped American education. The paper examines the colonial period, when European educational ideas and institutions were transported to America, the creation of a uniquely American educational system during the revolutionary and early national eras, the spread of universal education, the development of secondary education from the Latin grammar school, through the academy, to today's comprehensive high school. The paper also explores the development of institutions of higher learning, the education of minorities throughout American history and trends in the recent history and future of American education.

Colonial Period
Revolutionary Period
Era of Industrialization
The Common School
Common Schools
21st Century and Beyond

From the Paper:

"The English and other European colonists sought to recreate the European dual- track system of schools. For the upper classes, the chief preparatory school was the Latin grammar school, which stressed the Latin and Greek classics as the means to higher education. Education of the colonial upper classes was still heavily influenced by the Renaissance humanists, who believed that the classics contained the wisdom needed by an educated person. The two kinds of school, the primary school and the Latin grammar school, were separate systems. Neither the inherited European system nor the social ideas of the British colonist in North America questioned the idea of class distinctions in education. The colonists also imported their Old World conceptions about the kind of education appropriate to males and females. Formal education, especially at the secondary and higher levels, was reserved for males. Although girls attended the primary schools and private schools taught by women in their homes, they rarely attended Latin grammar schools and colleges during the colonial period (Pulliam, 1995). The model idea of public education, a local system of schools supported by taxes and administered by public officials, which compels attendance of all children up to a certain age, did not exist in the colonies. A colony sometimes organized the schools, but its role, outside of New England, was limited."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, J.D. (1988). The Education of Blacks in the South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Button, W. & E. Provenzo, Jr. (1983). History of education and culture in America. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Censer, J. (1984). North Carolina planters and their children. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1984)
  • Coleman, J. (1990). Equality and achievement in education. Boulder, CO: Westwood.
  • Cooper, K. (September 9-15, 1991). Making it better one school at a time. The Washington Post Weekly National Edition, 34.

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