10 Interesting Facts About the History of American Education


Education in America was quite a bit different back in the 1600-1800’s.  You might be surprised to see how much the school systems have changed since then.

Here are ten interesting facts about the History of American Education:

In early America, girls were only taught how to read – not how to write.

It wasn’t until after the American Civil War that public schooling became commonplace in the South.

Progressive education wasn’t a thing until the late 1800’s. By the 1930’s, more importance was placed on educating children to help them reach their fullest potential.

Schools were racially segregated until the late 1970’s.

It wasn’t until 1918 that compulsory school attendance was a requirement. Even then, children only needed to complete Elementary School.

In the 18th century, Common Schools were started. Parents had to pay tuition in order for their children to attend, to help cover the costs of housing for the teacher, along with other commodities.

The first public school, The Boston Latin School, opened its doors in the United States in 1635.

Early schools did not cover the basics, such as reading or math. They focused more on community, religion, and family.

It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that academics took the lead, replacing the focus on family virtues.

Public schools were not a common thing in the South until the later 1700s. Children from affluent families were more likely to be educated since their families could afford to pay a tutor.