The First permanent English Settlement in North America
The first permanent English settlement in North America is established by the Virginia Company at Jamestown in what is now the state on Virginia.
The Mayflower Arrives
The Mayflower arrives at Cape Cod, bringing the "Pilgrims" who establish the Plymouth Colony. Many of the Pilgrims are Puritans who had fled religious persecution in England. Their religious views dominated education in the New England Colonies
The first "Free school" in Virginia opens
The first Latin Grammar School (Boston Latin School) is established.
Harvard College established
Hartford Public High School opens
"The second oldest secondary school in the United States"
The first printing press
The first printing press was created in the American Colonies
Massachisetts Bay School Law is passed
It required parents to ensure their children know the principles of religion and the capital laws of common wealth.
The Massachusetts Law
Old Deluder Satan Act: at least 50 families hire a schoolmaster who would teach the town's children to read and write.
John Locke publishes his Essay Concerning Human Understanding