As the United States has developed as a nation, so too has its educational system. As the colonies rebelled from Britain, their initial reliance on European educational models and philosophies was replaced by a greater focus on the Enlightenment, republicanism, and the influence of such prominent Americans as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, and Noah Webster. From this developed a system of public education, extending education to Americans previously excluded from private academies and secondary schools. Education and Learning in America examines the progress and development of education throughout U.S. history. Each chapter begins with a detailed narrative section that chronicles the experiences of learners and educators in this country, followed by a chronology of events that highlight important dates. Eyewitness testimonies, including passages from William Penn, Grace Abbot, and James Meredith provide firsthand accounts of individuals' experiences. Appendixes provide concise biographies of 61 important individuals.
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