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Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Education in the United States chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Education in Colonial America; education laws and teacher preparation||Effect of the Act of 1642 and the Deluder Satan Act on public education; educational differences among social classes and teacher education in normal schools|
|Tuesday||Impact of the 14th Amendment, Freedman's Bureau and religion on education||The relationship between early colonial schools and religion; influence of Reconstruction amendments on education and role of the Freedman's Bureau in educating former slaves and their children|
|Wednesday||Education in the Progressive Era; Jim Crow South||Growth of education from the 1890s-1920s; educational inequalities between northern and southern states and urban schooling|
|Thursday||Impact of desegregation and the space race on education||History and influence of school desegregation in America; relationship between the Space Race and math/science emphasis|
|Friday||Structure of the U.S. school system and standardized testing||Organization of America's school systems from kindergarten through high school, historical basis of junior high and 21st century student assessments|
1. Education in Colonial America
Early America was very different from the America we know today. Among other differences, children were educated in ways that would seem foreign to us today. In this lesson, we'll examine education during the colonial period.
2. The Law of 1642, the Old Deluder Satan Act, & U.S. Public Education
Every American citizen has the right to an education, but school wasn't always a part of the fabric of American life. In this lesson, we'll look at two early laws that influenced today's education: the Law of 1642 and the Deluder Satan Act.
3. Normal Schools in America: Role in Teacher Preparation
In the mid-19th century, teacher training became popular in America. But there were different types of teacher education. In this lesson, we'll look at early teacher training via normal schools, and the transition to college education majors.
4. Religious Foundations of Schools in Colonial Times
Though public schools and religion don't mix today, the foundations of education in colonial America were mostly religious. In this lesson, we'll take a look at two religious groups who influenced early education, the Puritans and the Quakers.
5. The 14th Amendment's Impact on Education
Though the Fourteenth Amendment did not specifically address education, it has been used to foster educational change for many years. In this lesson, we'll look at important cases involving education and the Fourteenth Amendment.
6. The Freedmen's Bureau's Impact on Education
After the Civil War, the federal government established a department to help give opportunities to freed slaves. In this lesson, we'll examine the Freedmen's Bureau and its impact on education, including the establishments of HBCUs.
7. Education During the Progressive Era: Reform & Growth of Urban Education
Social and political reform during the Progressive Era of American history led to major advancements in public education. In this lesson, we'll examine three of those advancements: the spread of high schools, urban education, and teacher training.
8. The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education
Jim Crow laws held racial minorities back for almost a century. Nowhere was that more obvious than in segregated schools. In this lesson, we'll look at the inequalities of segregated schools and the positive contribution of Rosenwald schools.
9. The History and Impact of School Desegregation
In the first half of the 20th century, schools were racially segregated. As society progressed, the courts began to rule that segregation was not legal. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the court cases that shaped segregation and desegregation in American schools.
10. The Space Race's Impact on Math & Science Education in the U.S.
During the Cold War, America and Russia tried to outdo each other with regards to space exploration. In this lesson, we'll look at the launch of Sputnik and the Space Race's effect on science and math education in American public schools.
11. Modern U.S. Public Schools: Kindergarten to High School
The modern American educational landscape is quite different from what it was a century ago. In this lesson, we'll look at the different levels of public education in America, including the difference in middle schools and junior high schools.
12. Accountability & Standardized Testing in Education in the 21st Century
What's the deal with assessments and No Child Left Behind? In this lesson, we'll examine statewide standardized assessments, teacher accountability, and the No Child Left Behind Act, including what critics say about them.
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