Thursday, October 23, 2008

The History of American Education     


I. European Influences on American Educational History 

Colonial Institutions of Education/Schooling in the Revolutionary and Early National Period (ca. 1776-1820s).

II. Colonial Period of American Education (ca. 1600-1776)


III. Early National Period of American Education (ca. 1776-1840)


The First Era of Educational Reform: The Common School Movement (ca. 1830-1860).

IV. Common School Period of American Education (ca. 1840-1880)


 The Second Era of Educational Reform: Progressivism (ca. 1890-1920) and the Comprehensive Public High School. 

V. Progressive Period of American Education (ca. 1880-1920)


V. 1 Summary of the Progressive Era


VI. Modern Period of American Education (ca. 1920-present)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

John Dewey's Pedagogic Creed

This is a must read for all serious pre-service and inservice educators.

John Dewey is the founder of instrumentalism and his ideas serve as a foundation for Progressivism (Progressive Education).

Pages 3-18.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sanctions under No Child Left Behind

By The Associated Press Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The No Child Left Behind law requires schools to meet annual goals based largely on student test scores. When schools that have large numbers of poor students fail to make "adequate yearly progress," the law requires them to take corrective steps:

_ Schools that don't meet goals the first year are put on notice but don't have to take any specific steps.

_ After two years of not meeting goals, schools "need improvement." They must allow students to transfer to other public schools in the district that don't have the label, and pay for their transportation.

_ After three years, schools must offer free tutoring to poor students and continue offering public school transfers.

_ After four years, schools are in "corrective action." That could include using a new curriculum, replacing some employees or extending the school day.

_ After five years, schools must develop a plan to restructure the school.

_ After six years, schools must restructure. Options could include reopening as a charter school; replacing school employees; contracting with a private company to run the school; or taking decision-making powers away from school officials.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)