New England was named after Captain John Smith who explored its shores in 1614, and was soon settled by English Puritans.
Massachusetts First Education Law
In 1642, the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the first education law in the New World requiring that children be taught to read and write. Then, the General Court passed a law that required heads of households to teach all their dependents- children to read English or face a fine.
Old Deluder Satan Act
This act made sure education wouldn't die with the forefathers of Colonial America. It required every township of 50 households to hire a teacher, and the towns twice the size of a Township of 50 were required to set up a school that would prepare students for Harvard.
New England Primer
The first and main book used in early American education, the book was written by Benjamin Harris and continued to be used 150 years after first published. It was often called the "Little Bible of New England."
The United States entered into over 370 treaties with various Indian nations over the course of its history. Just as it is included agreement that the federal government would provide education, health, technical, and agricultural services to the tribes.
Comprehensive Education Law
In 1789, Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive education law, teachers often complained of schoolhouses that were freezing cold because townspeople failed to supply enough firewood.
1800 - 1809
In the 1800s, women began to play central roles in education as teachers, learner, in formal and informal education settings, on the frontier and in the cities.
African Americans Education History
1860 - 1869
Before the 1860s most of the South had only a rudimentary public school system. After the Civil War, southern states immediately created a dual education system based on race. The Freedmen's Bureau was established in 1865 to aid formerly ensalved African Americans.
The Soviet Union tested its first nuclear bomb in 1949 and fear of an attack in the United States was high. Educational films such as this one were popular in the 1950s. They were used to teach life skills to students across the country in a uniform way.
Women's Higher Education
Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, federal law had guaranteed the right to education free from sex discrimination, and since then women and girls have made great strides toward achieving equality.