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ERIC Number: ED090122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 10
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The Little Red School House in Micronesia: Laying the Foundation, 1944-1951.
Smith, Donald F.
The present educational system in Micronesia has historical roots that can be traced to the United States Naval administration of 1945-47. The Navy, faced with the problem of establishing schools in Micronesia, did not create new institutions. Drawing upon their past experience, they decided to create a secular, coeducational, public school system with compulsory attendance laws, thus establishing the kinds of schools with which they were familiar. The lack of a clear-cut indigenous educational policy resulted in education practices which promoted the rapid Americanization of the Micronesian. By 1951 the system consisted of a six-year elementary program, a three-year intermediate program, and the Pacific Islands Training School, offering communications, general education, and teacher training. Elementary curriculum consisted of English, the vernacular, arithmetic, social studies, art, handicrafts, and gardening; English studies were taken up in the third year and became the medium of instruction. The intermediate schools, geared to both preprofessional and terminal education, offered English, social studies, commercial subjects, industrial arts and vocational training. (Author/JH)
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