Education Timeline Through 1926

The first article outlining the growth of education discussed some early ideas and influences on teaching. The second article discussed the beginning of college and formal education. Today’s article will begin in 1825 an end in 1926.

1825 Noah Webster wrote the dictionary that we know today as Webster’s Dictionary. The book helps people spell and define words.

1827 Mandatory high schools for Massachusetts towns of 500 or more families.

1836 McCuffey’s Readers are in print as one of the very first textbook series.

1837 Mary Lyon establishes the very first college for women in the United States.

1852 Massachusetts creates the first state school attendance law.

1854 Lincoln University is established. This is the first college for free African Americans.

1855 The American Journal of Education is published. This was the first education journal in the United States.

1857 NEA (National Education Association) is founded as an organization for teachers.

1860 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody opens the first English speaking kindergarten.

1867 National Department of Education is added as part of the National Government

1873 Kindergartens become a part of public education schools.

1874 Taxes are used to fund high schools.

1879 Native American school is established in Pennsylvania.

1890 Universities begin to offer the formal study of education.

1892 The Committees of Ten says high schools should focus on preparing students for college.

1896 Court case Plessy v. Ferguson allows for segregated public schools.

1870 Maria Montessori introduced her method of teaching.

1896 Jean Piaget introduced his methods and thoughts about how a child learns.

1909 Junior high schools are created in California and Ohio.

1910 Junior colleges are introduced in California.

1912 Montessori schools open using the teaching methods described by Maria Montessori.

1917 Smith-Hughes Act encourages vocational schools in high schools.

1925 The Scopes Trial. A high school teacher is convicted of teaching evolution in school, which was against the law in Tennessee.

1926 Creation of the College Entrance Examinations Boards, which established the SAT.

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