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In honor of the nation’s birthday, we’ve decided to present a short look back at the history of education, from the Colonial period until today…
Before the American Revolution, only the wealthy went to high school. The poor or trade classes often received some schooling, but then went to work. After the Revolutionary War, public education became popular and America’s booming factories required people to be better educated, so the poor went to high school.
The 19th century saw a groundswell in education. The wealthy built private schools like Groton and Andover, and states, thanks to the Morrill Act which turned 150 last week, began building state universities. State schools remained cheap alternatives to private colleges until just thirty years ago. Today, state colleges increase tuition faster than private colleges and offer far less financial aid.
Prep schools led the upper classes to private colleges, but after World War II, public high schools began offering college prep so their students could attend the best colleges, too. By the 1960’s, the wealthy turned to private counselors to keep their competitive edge. Two decades later, the middle class was getting some help from private counselors, but it was often limited in scope or too expensive for families living on a tight budget.
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Our Founding Fathers were heavily involved in education. Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia (built on land owned by James Madison). Washington and Lee University is partly named after George Washington, who saved it from bankruptcy. They believed that college would give the country its next great leaders.
It still can, if we make college affordable to all. The more people we have graduating from college, the more leaders we’ll have to choose from, and the more likely it is we’ll get a good one.
At RSC, we’ll do our part to make your education affordable, but don’t wait. Good leaders know when to act, and the time to act is now. The system can work for everyone. Make it work for you.
Happy Birthday, America!
Enjoy this video that explores the history of American education and the cost of college today.
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