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`Name:___________________ Date:________________________ Education Reform Background: Prior to the advent of government-funded public schools, the primary mode of education for those of the lower classes was the charity. In pre-revolutionary America , only the larger towns were required by law to build schools. Elsewhere, the education was neither free nor public . If a few people wanted to get together and pool their resources to hire a teacher, they would. Thus the story of the teacher who was paid with two bushels of wheat and half a cow. Dame Schools: schools for young children run by women. Pioneered during the 1800s by Protestant organizations
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Unformatted text preview: and adapted for use by the Catholic Church and governmental bodies. Because these schools operated on very small budgets and attempted to serve as many needy children as possible, economic factors were prominent in their design. In the first half of the 19 th century, politicians ignored and avoided the number of social issues including the quality of public education. Other issues were slavery, womens rights, and alcoholism. In the 1830s the demand for free public education grew. Education was important for creating an informed electorate: educated voters o Thomas Jefferson: If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be....
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