This segment was particular interesting because prior to it, I had a hard time imagining what school must have been like back then. It’s awesome that so many people were interested in changing schools for the better of the students and teachers. This section focused on the evolution of the American Public School System, as well as the major inequities and how/if they were solved.
In the late 1700s, only the larger towns were required to build schools. Children in smaller towns were left to learn on their own. Some towns had Dame Schools, which mostly doubled as a daycare and was run by women. In school, students had a horn book (a pallet with the alphabet and one prayer) and the New England Primmer (used to teach reading and Protestant religion). By 1773, students were only spending less than 82 days in school. Slaves weren’t allowed to receive any sort of education and women only received enough education to get married and have children. Poor families couldn’t afford to stay in school. At this time, the state was probably taking better care of the livestock than the children. Thankfully, there were a number of people who were ready to make a change in the education system.
Noah Webster wanted to Americanize the students by removing anything that had to do with
I think the thing that surprised me the most about this portion was how early on desegregation had begun. In 1855, a law was passed to abolish segregation in