Education History 101

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Early into my research around the identities of all members of the New York State Board of Regents since 1904, I came across a salary table in a New York State Education Commissioner’s field report from the 1860s detailing teachers’ summer salaries. I felt my brain hiccup as it was my understanding schools in NYS were closed in the summer so young people could work on the farm.

One read through of School’s In: The History of Summer Education in American Public Schools by Kenneth Mark Gold (2002) and I understood how wrong my understanding was. While sharing my new learning with my husband I said something to the effect of “This is Education History 101 stuff! How come I didn’t know this?” And the podcast was born. (We get into summer vacation in this episode.)

I created the EdHistory101 Twitter account where I share tweets and stories related to American education history and carried the name over to Reddit, where I’m a moderator on Ask Historians. The blog includes my pieces on education history in New York State, summaries of the Wikipedia articles I’ve edited or created, essays where I fact check education history in popular education books, and my thinking and wondering on various education topics such as assessment and standards.

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

Ohio State Normal College, Freshmen Class, 1903 (Source) For Women's History Month 2017, we highlighted events from history that involved women educators or provided a brief bio of a woman educator. Some of these names and stories may be new and some may be familiar....

Black History Month

Black History Month

For Black History Month 2017, we highlighted a place or event from history that involved Black educators or provided a brief bio of a Black educator. Some of these names and stories may be new and some may be familiar. All of them, though, deserve to elevated at every...

From Beecher to DeVos and all the Benevolent Sexism In-Between

From Beecher to DeVos and all the Benevolent Sexism In-Between

By the time I finally hit publish on this piece, it’s likely that Betsy DeVos will have been confirmed as our 11th Secretary of Education. Which… grrr. Argh. Grumble. There are lots of reasons people don’t want her confirmed and each group has their own reasons. I was...

Considering grit. Considering Dr. Duckworth.

Considering grit. Considering Dr. Duckworth.

People do not give it credence that a young girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood. But it did happen. I was just 14 years of age when.... True Grit, a novel by Charles Portis was written in 1968. The plot is a pretty basic...

What do you see?

What do you see?

Check out the picture below. What do you notice? What patterns do you see? In the picture, a group of young adults stand in two rows on steps in front of a home. The students in the back appear to be young men and are wearing pants, shirts and vests. They are looking...

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