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Historical Roots of Contemporary Elementary Education


by Henry J. Otto - 1973

Unless one knows some colonial history, one is likely to be misled into thinking that the United States always has been a country of free public education for almost every child. Actually, widespread implementation of a commitment to schooling came late and is largely a very recent development. This chapter will review the forces in our early history, going back to colonial times, that helped shape the elementary school.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 6, 1973, p. 31-59
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19478, Date Accessed: 2/18/2020 11:06:58 PM

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  • Henry Otto
    University of Texas, Austin
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    HENRY J. OTTO is a Graduate Professor of Elementary Administration and Curriculum at the University of Texas, Austin.
 
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