Differences Between 1894 And 1910: The Structure Of Schools

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The structure of the schools themselves, between 1894 and 1910, consisted of two divisions of classes, kindergarten through third grade and fourth through sixth grade. First, second, and third graders concentrated on lessons in music, health, manners, arithmetic, and some limited vocational skills defined by the Indian Office as industrial work. Instruction in reading, grammar, and spelling finished the school day. Beginning with the fourth grade academic requirements were minimized in favor of more intensive vocational training. This consisted of 145 minutes a day of instruction in reading, history, geography, and other topics; vocational work, however, took up the most time with 240 minutes being dedicated to those tasks (Ellis, 1996).
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