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Elementary school established in New York by the Dutch

1633

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First Latin grammar school established in Boston

1635

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Harvard, first American College, founded in Massachusetts for the purpose of training ministers of the Gospel

1636

4

Bay Psalm Book first book printed in the colonies

1640

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Massachusetts compulsory education law

1642

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First general school law, Old Deluder Satan Act, passed in Massachusetts; provided for the establishment of grammar schools so children could read the Scriptures

1647

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Yale founded by the Puritans

1701

8

Benjamin Franklin organizes Academy in Philadelphia which later became the University of Pennsylvania

1751

9

First American textbook, Noah Webster's spelling book, published

1783

10

Policy of endowment of schools with public funds

1785

11

Lands as federal aid were implemented by the Northwest Ordinance which said that schools were necessary to promote "religion, morality, and knowledge." voted again in 1789 under newly ratified Constitution

1787

12

Passage of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserved education for the various states

1791

13

Federal Government gave first lands for education in Ohio

1803

14

Federal Government made first money grants for education

1818

15

The U.S. Supreme Court rendered the Dartmouth College decision, establishing the inviolability of a college charter

1819

16

First tax-supported high school established in Boston

1821

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The first private normal school for teachers organized in Vermont

1823

18

Massachusetts passed the first state high school law

1827

19

Women first admitted to college Oberlin College

1833

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Pennsylvania established first statewide free elementary schools

1834

21

McGuffey Readers began and continued to have an enormous influence for over a century

1836

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Horace Mann, first state Secretary of Education, started "Common School Revival" - first public school started and the Bible still taught

1837

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First state normal school organized at Lexington, Massachussetts

1839

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First U.S. kindergarten established at Watertown, Wisconsin

1855

25

National Teacher's Association formed, now known as the NEA National Education Association

1857

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President Lincoln signed Morrill Act, creating federally supported land-grant colleges

1862

27

Congress created National Department of Education, later becoming the U.S. Office of Education

1867

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Michigan Supreme Court upheld taxation for secondary schools in Kalamazoo case

1872

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Association of American Universities organized; McGuffey Readers replaces New England Primer

1900

30

John Dewey, the father of Progressive Education, introduced socialistic, anti-Christian philosophy in the schools. The Bible was separated from academic studies.

1905