This week we go through the last requirement of high school graduation in America: the credit unit. We connect the amazing Anna Julia Cooper, explore the just as important but less well know Committee of Fifteen (this one, not this one), and shake a fist at Andrew Carnegie.
Our podcast, Ed History 101, is a semi-lighthearted look at various issues related to American education history. You can listen to each episode here on our site or subscribe via your favorite podcast app.
Episode 4 – For Whom the Bell Tolls
During our first brainstorming session, the nature of high school - bells, schedules, class periods - came up and I put them on the "if we run out of topics" list. While doing some other reading, I kept running into phrases like "cells and bells" and the "factory...
Episode 3 – The New York State Regents
A momentary bright light in his high school experience, Paul didn’t hate the Regents exams. In today’s episode, we indulge all of Jennifer’s odd quirks related to semantics and get very, very New York-centric.
Episode 2 – Graduation
Ahh... the sweet, sweet freedom that is high school graduation. Or at least for Paul it was. In this episode we try to figure out when and how 17 became the year teenagers could be let loose on the world. We look at the history of high school in America, including...
Episode 1 – Compulsory Ed
In our first episode, we explore the history of compulsory education in America. We look at the first group of students who were compelled to learn particular things, the ideas and decrees that led to towns being compelled to build schools, and then the rapid rise of...