Education During The Nineteenth Century Essay

1879 Words Dec 24th, 2015 8 Pages
In the eighteenth century, education became a main priority of the American Federal Government. After the Northwest Land Ordinance of 1787, each town was required to establish a public school for children. Later, in 1852, the Federal Government passed a law mandating all children to attend primary school. Although these events made it possible for many more to attend school, the of education during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was not sufficient. This issue was recognized by Horace Mann and Bronson Alcott who worked to improve education. Horace Mann and Bronson Alcott’s theories paved the way for an improved education system in the 20th century by focusing on training teachers and altering normal teaching methods.
In the 19th century, education was not an option for all children. Poor families could not afford to send their children to school because they had to work with their parents in order to help to support their families financially. Likewise, many upper class children didn’t attend normal schools either. Many of these children were taught by private tutors at home, rather than in a schoolhouse with other students.
The schools in the 19th century did not have incredible teachers. Teachers were as young as sixteen years old and were not well trained for the job. Teachers were both men and women, although the men teachers were typically paid more than the women at the time. All grade levels were in the same class, and students were moved up to the next…

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