The History of the US Education System Term Paper by Master Researcher

The History of the US Education System
A look at the influence that Northern European immigrants have had on the American education system.
# 86084 | 2,700 words | 9 sources | 2005 | US

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This graduate paper examines the history of American education and the influences of the values of northern European immigrants on the school system. According to this paper, schools in the USA have very much reflected the ethic and values systems of Northern Europe. This paper further explores this idea and draws attention to the various aspects that reflect this influence.

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"Ever since colonial times, American schools have historically been a reflection of the value system of northern European immigrants, a value system that is characterized by a strong belief in competition and rugged individualism. Social psychologists who have done extensive research on the culture of American schools, characterize this as a focus on seeking an object or getting what one needs. They note that over the past two centuries, the United States has created a nation of schools that reflect that Northern European ethic and value systems. Sleeter and Grant (1994) note that our schools have required until recently that students sit in straight rows, and consider talking or sharing between students as cheating. "

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