Educational Changes in the 1920's

1098 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
Educational Changes of the 1920s The educational system of the 1920s varied greatly from the educational system of modern-day America. Segregation and a lack of funding were huge issues during this decade. There were major concerns over the effectiveness of intelligence testing. The 1920s were also a key point in time for secondary education. The educational system may have faced many challenges during this decade, but it also made great strides towards shaping today’s schools. “Twentieth-century New York City public schools were characterized by their ability to educate the whole child and they had to act as parents, psychologists, doctors, and social workers in order to adjust to the changes of the city.” In more rural areas such as Virginia, attendance was irregular, and the state had one of the lowest rates of attendance nationwide prior to World War II (Sultana). An increased number of immigrants in the latter half of the nineteenth century created a class known as the “immigrant child.” Immigrant children referred to those of a lower class and did not exhibit proper hygiene. These children were certainly in no way American (Sultana). With these immigrant children brought beneficial changes to the educational system. The purpose of such changes was to not only combat poor living conditions, but also turn them into American citizens (Sultana). In order to create a more organized structure, bureaus of educational research were developed. The purpose of such
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