Public education in US History

A successful history of—and the threat to—Public Education in the United States

Timeline for Crony Capitalist's War Against Public EducationI’m sure you’ve heard for years—even decades—that the public schools are failing; that teachers are lazy, incompetent and their labor unions are responsible for this so-called failure.

The solution: fire the teachers, close the public schools and get rid of the labor unions. Then turn education over to private sector corporations run by CEOs who only answer to their wealthiest stock holders. For instance, Bill Gates, the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdock and a flock of Hedge Fund billionaires.

Let’s see what you think after we go back to 1779 and walk through 235 years of history to the present. It won’t take long—a few facts and a conclusion.

  • We’ll start with Thomas Jefferson in 1779, because he thought the US should have two education systems: one for the wealthy and one for everyone else. As Jefferson said, we’ll “rake a few geniuses from the rubbish.”
  • The first public high school opened in Boston in 1820, and by the 1830s in the southern slave states laws were passed making it illegal to teach slaves to read.
  • In 1851, Massachusetts was the first state to pass a compulsory education law.

This video shows how the public schools started in the US, but the Prussian method of teaching kids shown in this video will change—watch 2nd video.


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FAQ

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Who is responsible for public education in the US.

Local school boards and state departments of education. They set the standards to meet federal guidelines.

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Who is responsible for public education in the US?

Local school boards and state departments of education. They set
the standards to meet federal guidelines.

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