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Public Education In The Early 1900's

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Public education came about from primarily single-sex education for boys to mostly coeducation before the early 1900’s. In the early beginnings of America, only boys had access to formal public education. Girls were usually only educated in their homes. The integration of coeducation began with girls being allowed in the elementary schools. In the mid-1800’s there was almost an equal number of girls as there were boys attending these elementary schools (Steptoe & Arbor, 2004). In the early introduction of coeducational schools there was much debate as to whether or not these school settings were acceptable and whether or not the girls could physically and mentally handle public schools with boys. There was also the belief that boys’ learning
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