“In the 19th Century, a common educational goal was to produce intelligent citizens able to function in a democratic society. Throughout the century, the expansion of immigration demonstrated the need to educate children that would be functional in English, understand and participate in the democratic process, and develop a morality consistent with virtuous behavior.” READ MORE
From “Schooling and Poor Children in 19th Century America.” READ MORE
“No different back then than in the 21st century there were parents who wanted a better education for their children.” READ MORE about the establishment of PRIVATE SCHOOLS in the US.
**Quote from Andover Academy’s 1778 Constitution
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