Education During World War I

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Education has an importance in the world that cannot be matched. By learning new things and applying them to everyday tasks, the world has rapidly advanced over the past century. However, in the beginning of the 20th century, there were not many educational opportunities for the public, but with the help of World War I (WWI), changes were made. Even though there were not immediate impacts after World War I, the war set the stage for the development of education in the United States because women were granted more educational rights, and the government instituted programs to improve overall education. Before the war, children in rural areas started school in September in a one-room schoolhouse nearest to their house. Normally, the building was made of wood and in some cases brick, but the kids did not attend school until after their farm chores were finished. The chores usually consisted of milking cows and cleaning and feeding the various animals, so the work was hard. Nonetheless, in this society, it was more important to tend to the farm than to attend school, and as a result schools were not equipped with the technology that other buildings had. The schools lacked electricity and running water, and if they wanted water it needed to be pumped from a well. Not to mention, the restrooms were outhouses at the back of the school, so without running water, they were often unsanitary. The conditions of the school did not provide an adequate learning environment for students,…

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