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Education in the US has changed dramatically over the centuries Many of those changes have occurred only recently Standardizing education has been a driving force behind most of the changes both large and small Along the way many breakthroughs in civil equality paved the way for education for all who wished to attain degrees and further their knowledge From a historical perspective we can see the difficulties that the Black community women and even low class white males had to face in past Further more we can see how government policy accountability for quality education equality and the structure of learning institutions impact the educational system of today A better understanding of the educational system provides the basis of further research on ways improve its current state HistoryAccording to Bloch Seward and Seidlinger1989 public schools initially functioned as a means to educate poor children who lacked moral character Many privileged children attended private schools or had their own private tutoring lessons Kantor and Lowe2004 also point to the focus of schools as being not academics but the cultivation of order and propriety This meant education was out of the question for most people in so-called minorities It wasnt until the 1940s and 1950s that quality education became readily attainable for women or for people of color in the US Arendale 2011Early Education In the USIn 1639 the first public elementary school was opened in Boston Laurel Sharper 1989 Students who wished to attend secondary school at this time were offered little option to private institutionAs discussed by Arendale2011 college preparation in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century mostly consisted of private tutors who helped students to prepare for college entrance exams Others went to dame schools in Europe similar to a boarding school with the sole purpose of preparing students for entrance exams Early Public SchoolTo summarize Goldin 2008 by the late 1800s public
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