ERIC Number: ED191766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
History of Education in Alabama. Bulletin 1975, No. 7.
Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery. Div. of Instructional Services.; Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
This publication summarizes the history of education in Alabama. It is intended to enhance the interest in and appreciation for the state's educational system and to demonstrate to Alabamians the value of building and maintaining a strong educational system. Education began in Alabama with the Indians who inhabited the state. Alabamian Indians loved oratory and used this method to instruct their children in the history of the widespread migrations and heroic exploits of their tribes. Each generation of Indians in Alabama also taught to each succeeding generation the various skills necessary for the survival of its primitive culture. The various European countries, being interested in economic profits, did little to establish any educational system in Alabama. Later, however, when Alabama entered the Union in 1819, the state strongly supported education for its citizens. The War Between the States in 1861 disrupted an adequate educational system that was making progress. During Reconstruction, the state government attempted to rebuild the school system and to extend education to those whites and blacks who were excluded in antebellum times. After Reconstruction, education in Alabama did not keep pace with the rest of the nation for a variety of reasons--a poor economy, excessive numbers of children, a dual school system, and a general disinterest in education. Currently, federal funds and more state government emphases on education have greatly strengthened the state educational system. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Public Education, State History
Alabama State Department of Education, 111 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36109 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery. Div. of Instructional Services.; Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
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