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New Meetup: The History of American Education from the Colonial Period to the Present

From: Alexandra
Sent on: Friday, April 2, 2010 11:29 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for "Ideas that shaped history" discussion group!

What: The History of American Education from the Colonial Period to the Present

When: Sunday, May 9,[masked]:30 PM

Laura's residence
949 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104

I have always been very interested in history of education, so I?m very happy that the group selected it for our May meeting.

The education of young people as we know it today in America ? from kindergarten through college ? has not always been this way. In fact, kindergarten is a relatively recent invention and was unheard in the USA until 1856. Many other aspects of education that we take for granted today ? such as mandatory school attendance for 12 years, 10 months of the year, 5 days a week, 7 hours a day, or ?taking a class? (not because it?s actually needed for one?s chosen profession, or because one has interest in it, but simply to complete the required number of credits) were equally unheard of in the past.

At this meeting, we?ll look at the history of American education in more detail. We?ll discuss education techniques in America during different periods of its history, starting from early colonial period. We will observe how education changed, and how it gradually became what it is today.

We will attempt to answer the following question: Overall, has education in America improved compared to the way it was in the past? Or, has it changed for the worse? It is entirely possible, of course, that the answer to this question is not cut and dried ? perhaps some aspects of education have improved, while others have deteriorated.

Could it be that there was something positive in the way young people were educated in the past that has been lost? If so, can we recover what was lost?

Come and contribute your own opinion to the wealth of discussion. There certainly will be people who strongly disagree with you, so be prepared to defend your opinions respectfully and with well-thought-out arguments.

The meeting will take place on the second Sunday in May, 5/09/10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Laura?s home. Please bring some snacks or juice to share.

To cover the cost of running this meet-up, a donation of $2 is respectfully requested.

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