Education was an early and avid priority for the Puritans who landed on America’s barren Eastern Seaboard in the early 1600’s. With a passionate determination to educate their children that they might become first-order statesmen, the Pilgrims taught lessons of discipline and literacy with equal fervor. “Early American education was primarily private or religious, and it brought mass schooling and literacy to the nation well before the public school system we know today was legislated….”
America’s first school opened in the 17th century. In 1635, Boston Latin School, the first public school in the United States, and the oldest school still in operation, was founded. Two centuries later, the responsibilities of parents as homeschoolers, and of tutors who came into the homes, were being filled by schools in the neighborhood. Boston also was the first city to have a public high school. The mid-1800’s saw the first compulsory school law passed. By the late 1800’s, all the existing states had free elementary schools for young students. As a result, the U.S. population had one of the highest literacy rates at that time.
By early in the 1900’s, all American children were expected to attend elementary school. Those schools might consist of one room for the first six grades, where the older students assisted the younger ones in their learning. Desks, a stove for warmth from the cold, a blackboard, books, a globe, and a piano rounded out the well-furnished frontier classroom.
Education has progressed far beyond the imagination of the Puritans and Pilgrims who settled in America so long ago. The 21st century classroom of today would astound those scholars, to say the least. Has your school kept up with the times? Do you feel that your school’s classrooms are up-to-date with the latest furniture and advantages?
When you’re ready to bring your school or office into the 21st century, contact your local school and office furniture experts at Culver-Newlin. We provide the highest quality and latest fashion for today’s school campus and office complex. Our delivery and installation team will set-in-place your classroom or office furniture at your request. When you’re ready for the latest and the best in furniture for your school or office, call Culver-Newlin at 949-597-0123. We deliver the furnishings of education and business for America’s next century.